Learn about Coaster

Coasters were intended to hold bottles or decanters of wine at the dinner table, and act as a recepticle to cash drips and ribbles on the foot of the wine container. As wine contains achohol, and residual liquid remaining on the base could damage the top of the table, more so if the table had a French polished surface. if the table had a cloth, the wine could leave a permanent stain. On a table without a cloth, the felt base also allowed them to be slid from one guest to the next along the top of the table. Made of silver or silverplate, they usually have a turned hardwood base, sometimes with a central silver boss, and usually covered in green baize on bottom. The sides are usually cast or pierced, often with vine leaves, grapes and tendrils incororated into the design. It is quite common for them to be available in pairs
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Victorian silver plated silky oak lined Magnum bottle coaster with a pierced gallery with six applied masks, all standing on three scrolled feet. Condition, good, minor age related wear, diameter, 20 cm

A Sheffield plate bottle coaster, Elkington & Co. /, circa 1853, the latticed and lobed body joining to a circular wooden foot, 18 cm diameter

WMF art nouveau silver plated coaster (plated on Britannia metal), circa 1900-1918, 12 cm wide, 9.5 cm high approx

Pair of large antique plated bottle coasters, approx 24 cm diameter (2)

Pair of Geo. III Sheffield Plate decanter coasters, 15.5 cm diameter

Two Sheffield silver plated wine coasters, 17 cm diameter

Three Barker-Ellis silver-plated bottle coasters

Bottle coasters. Pair of mid 19th century Sheffield England plate

George III Sheffield plate decanter coaster, with impressed Crown mark under rim, 20 cm diameter approx.

A pair of quality Sheffield plate wine coasters, 19th century, the shaped flaring bowls with applied scrolling rims well cast and chased with floral and shell forms in the rococo manner, with turned timber bases centred with a silver button and woollen fab

Pair of antique Sheffield plate wine coasters, each approx 17 cm diameter (2)

Set of 4 Sheffield plate wine coasters, 19th century. Diameter 16 cm

Silver plated champagne coaster, applied with twin lions head mask handles, approx 16 cm high, 16 cm Diameter

A pair of Sheffield silverplate fluted wine coasters with gadrooned boarders (1810-1830)

Pair Sheffield plate wine bottle coasters. Wooden bases with lion rampant engraving to centre. Depth 15 cm (each)

A set of 12 round Strachan silver plated place mats, one oblong and 8 drink coasters

A silver plated bottle coaster with pierced sides and a silver plated crumb tray with turned wood handled

A pair of vine cast silver plated wine coasters, English, circa 1860. 19 cm diameter

An antique Sheffield plate pierced work bottle coaster

Three silver plated bottle coasters, a small pierced work swing handle basket with ceramic insert

A pair of William IV period Old Sheffield Plate wine coasters, with ornate foliate borders and turned wood bases. Diameters 165. Together with a much smaller Victorian period single coaster. Diameter 8.5 cm

A pair of large coasters for ship's decanters belonging to Captain Eben J Thomas R. N. with silver plate galleries and oak trays, each inset to the centres with rondels engraved with a crest: a demi-seahorse above the motto 'A Deo Et Patre' and initials 'E

A silver plated double bottle coaster on carriage base. Overall length 48 cm.