Antique silver wine ewers were first produced in the late 17th century. They are often a vase shaped design with ornate decoration depicting grape vines as in the example displayed here.
History denotes that antique silver ewers were initially used for washing fingers with rose water at the dining table. From that early use they became water jugs in Georgian times and then gradually they have taken on more elaborate designs and were most often used for pouring wine.
Details on the Victorian wine ewer displayed can be found by clicking here. This is a particularly fine example of an antique silver wine ewer. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find fine examples of antique silver having no crests or monograms - as is the case with this beautiful antique silver wine ewer.
Georgian and Victorian silver wine ewers are much sought after by antique silver collectors. Earlier examples are very hard to find and command high prices.