Silver, silverplate and Sheffield plate wine coolers (also known as ice buckets or ice pails) accomodate only one bottle and are designed to sit on the table, in contrast to the much larger timber versions which hold many bottles and sit on the floor. Shapes vary from a plain bucket to a more elaborate vase or urn shape and often include an interior container to hold the ice and bottle, and handles to the side to assist on moving. Most wine coolers were manufactured from around the 1770s to the Victorian period.
A Victorian silver ice bucket by Robert and William Sorley, Glasgow 1899, with reeded swing handle above tapering cylindrical body with reeded bands, complete with pierced liner, 14.5 cm height (with handle down) 815 grams.Provenance: Purchased from James
An early 20th century Thai silver ice bucket, lobed circular tapered form, vacant shield form cartouches, framed by conforming panels incorporating traditional figures on a sinuous tendril ground, geometric patterned borders, twin shaped swing handles, rai
George V silver pedestal wine cooler, Hamilton and Inches H&J Edinburgh 1914, the elegant ovoid body with twin scrolled pierced handles and slender reeded band raised on a waisted pedestal on a banded circular foot, height 29 cm, diameter 18 cm, weight 46o
Regency silver twin handled campagne shaped wine cooler and liner, John and Thomas settle I&Ts, London 1819, finely cast with scrolling foliage and floral sprays and raised on a ringed pedestal on a shaped circular foot similarly decorated, height 26 cm, d
A Victorian silver pedestal wine cooler, Messrs Hancock Csh London 1895, the half lobed twin handled body with gilded interior raised on a stepped circular foot, height 25 cm, diameter 18.5 cm, weight 46oz, weight 1300gms. (1)
A pair of Sheffield plate wine coolers, early 19th century. Height 28 cm each of classical form with grape and leaf applied decoration to the rim and handles, on a circular base Sotheby's Melbourne, 27th and 28th May 2008, lot 375
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