Wine Rinser (England), 18th century
In order to clean and chill glasses in between drinks, wine rinsing tubs were kept either on the tabletop or, more often, on a sideboard adjacent to the dining table. At lavish meals in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a different wine would be served with each course, meaning the wine glasses would need to be rinsed frequently to avoid mixing flavors.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 9 × 14.5 cm (3 9/16 × 5 11/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Wine Rinser (England), 18th century; cut and engraved glass; H x diam.: 9 × 14.5 cm (3 9/16 × 5 11/16 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger; 1968-160-3-b