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allentownboy

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2011 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for allentownboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was not entirely certain where to post this, as I am uncertain of the country of origin or its metal content, so I thought it safest in the silverplate forum since I can find no identifying marks on it.

I recently purchased this Vin du Chariot, or bottle trolley and was excited to find one, as I have only ever seen one other in person in over 20 years of collecting. I thought it might be fun to share one with the members here who may never have seen one, so I posed it with a bottle, as well as some other photos to show detail.

The entire piece is covered in applied grapes and grape leaves with a body constructed entirely of wire-work. The grape finial at the end of the piece actually turns and lowers or raises the bottle for pouring hands-free. I nice touch I think...

Perhaps someone here knows more about their periods of usage and popularity. There seems to be so little information on them. I know this much: I am excited to have finally found one for my collection. I intend to proudly display it on my Christmas table this year with a most excellent bottle of wine to share with guests!

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vathek

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2011 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing to back this up but it looks very Italian to me, or maybe Portuguese.

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allentownboy

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2011 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for allentownboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting Vathek, I would not have thought that. England or France came to mind first, but since both countries you mention have a tradition of wine making, it would certainly be a possibility. Upon closer inspection, I see copper bleeding through in places with higher relief, so it now appears to be plated or fused like OSP.

Update: also the backs of the leaves appear "tinned".

[This message has been edited by allentownboy (edited 12-23-2011).]

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-24-2011 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful piece - enjoy!

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