The Funnel : Peter, Anne & William Bateman, London, 1803

The Stand : Alexander Gairdner, Edinburgh c1790



The waisted bowl with reeded rim and shaped tang,
the push-on detachable strainer and funnel with reeded band
above a full curved and notched spout;

also with detachable inner muslin ring ;

together with

a heavy gauge footed funnel stand,
having a reeded rim surrounding a domed center,
crested for the Scottish family of Cunningham* :


A silver unicorn's head with mane and horn of gold
within the Motto : "Over Fork Over"


Cunningham Crest & Motto Over Fork Over


Note : "Complete" 3-part wine funnels from the Georgian period are quite scarce.


Marks : The Funnel : Crisp marks to the bowl foot; the spout marks slightly rubbed to one side



The stand : A*G verso, crisp and unrubbed



Condition : Excellent


The Funnel, 5.2" High, 3.25" Diameter / 2.9 oz.
The Stand, 3.75", 2.1 oz.






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George III Silver Wine Funnel & Stand




Peter, Ann and William Bateman are very well known Georgian London silversmiths.
Peter Bateman was the son of Hester Bateman,

who, with his brother Jonathan, worked from 1790-91, when Jonathan died of cancer.

Peter registered his mark with Jonathan's widow Ann in 1790,

and with Peter and Ann's son William in 1800.

They worked together until Ann's retirement in 1805 –

whereafter William worked with Peter - alone,

and then with Daniel Ball through the mid-19th century.


However, of equal importance is the Edinburgh silversmith Alexander Gairdner –

possibly little known to most but followers of Georgian Scottish silver.

Gairdner was one of Edinburgh's longest serving smiths, working from 1754 until 1803.

During this time he took on 14 apprentices, including his son John.

He received Royal patronage,

a variation of his mark featuring the Prince of Wales feathers within the punch.

He also served as Deacon of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths for Edinburgh (1772-74).


* "Clan Cunningham" is a Scottish clan

and Cunninghame the northern part of Ayrshire.

The Cunningham Clan has a long documented history in Scotland,

including the 13th century support of Robert the Bruce.

Historically, the chief of Clan Cunningham held the title of Earl of Glencairn.

However, in modern times the chief of the clan is the Cunningham of Corsehill.

The family crest includes the "unicorn",

which is restricted to the Crown of Scotland and Great Britain, and

Clans Cunningham, Oliphant, and Ramsay

(See Below for more).









The Crest of the Family of Cuninghame


The crest as engraved upon this George III English Sterling Silver Three-Part Wine Funnel

by Peter, Anne, & William Bateman hallmarked London 1803

with an associated George III Scottish Sterling Silver Wine Funnel Stand by Alexander Gairdner

hallmarked Edinburgh circa 1790 is that of the family of Cuninghame.1
It may be blazoned as follows:


Crest: A unicorn's head couped argent armed or
Motto: Over fork over


A unicorn's head in different guises is borne by several Cuninghame families in Scotland.

Ordinarily the crest as blazoned above would pertain to the family of Cuninghame

of Kilmaurs in the County of Ayrshire in South West Scotland.

This family also bore the Scottish Earldom of Glencairn and the Lordship of Kilmaurs,

but these peerages fell into dormancy upon the death of John Cuninghame, the 15th Earl of Glencairn in 1796

and as the other Cuninghame families crests differ from that of the Cuninghames of Kilmaurs,

Earls of Glencairn there is a likelihood that this wine funnel and stand may have been in the possession of a

distant cousin or cadet branch of the family of which there were a number.

Certainly at least three of these branches of the family, those of Craigend, Caprington and Corsehill

were still extant in the 20th century and into the 21st Century.

So, saying, the baronetcy held by the House of Corsehill,

the present chiefly house will sadly fall into extinction upon the demise of the present baronet and chief,

although the chiefship will probably be inherited by one of his daughters.
At the present distance in time it is difficult to pinpoint exactly which member of the family

had possession of this wine funnel and its associated stand.


1Or variant spellings.


Heraldry by John Tunesi of Liongam

MSc, FSA Scot, Hon FHS, QG










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