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Very few wine tasters were made by English silversmiths during this period, beacuse wine was not a national product and the majority are French. There were a small number produced in England from 1645 and this represents a very rare early example. In addition, the production of decorative silverware, especially a wine taster, would have been severely looked down upon during the Puritanical rule of The Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell.
Height: 1 inch. 1.5cm.
Length, handle to handle: 5.6 inches, 14cm
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd
12 The Old Power Station
121 Mortlake High Street