December Newsletter requested members'
solutions to some unresolved questions.
Fred Sinfield solves the 'dilemma' about coffee pot ? or hot
water jug? of our Walker & Hall vessels.
this page of an ancient Walker & Hall catalogue demostrating that
our pieces are hot water jugs.
Hallmarks of Maurizio Perota covered jug with Berthold Muller, London
importation mark of 1910.
Dorothea Burstyn informs that all marks shown are used by the
Neresheimer company, Hanau.
Gerry Gerhart mysterious silver-gilt box with repousse design on the top
lid, hallmarked London 1894
Hymie Dinerstein writes: this is a heater for curling tongs. the
bottom part had a wick and burning alcohol . the two wires were opened
and the curling tongs balanced on them with the curling part over the
wicks which were then lit and the curling tongs heated to the desired
temperature and then used to curl Lady's hair by the lady's maid who
would be travelling with her. This box would have been in a lady's
travelling case with all the other bottles, brushes, combs and mirror
and what have you that one would expect a lady to have with her when
travelling at these times. Quite often, the insides are removed and the
box is sold as a box.
Tom Guarrera writes: .....I'm pretty sure that Mr. Gerhart's item
is a device for heating a hair curling iron, a burner head would have
attached to the sliding mechanism.....
Bill Kime writes: I was interested to see photographs in the
December 2004 newsletter of Gerry Gerhart's curious box, which is very
similar to one that I sold just recently. The box that I had was not
quite as heavy, at about 7 oz.; it was silver-gilt and quite plain with
only an engraved cipher on the lid; hallmarks for London, 1899, made by
Drew&Sons. It had the appearance of being perhaps part of a travelling
toilet set, to me at least, and so, for want of a better idea, I called
it a curling tong heater. In fact, I don't know if that's actually its
intended use, it was just a guess, but no other ideas were offered and
nobody argued otherwise. It'll be interesting to see if any other
members can shed some light.
Don Richardson's unusual object received several replies and contrasting
Dorothea Burstyn writes: ....question by Don Richardson, in
Austria we call this object a "Weinheber" - a container from which to
dispense wine, a very common household item....
Mario Rosario Bonello writes: ...with reference to Don
Richardson' s photo of an unusual object, I think that this is a wine
decanter or container. The wine is poured inside and the wine glass is
filled from the glass container when pressed against the nozzle/tap;
pressing the nozzle at the bottom of the glass container releases the
I wonder if there are any hallmarks to show whether it is solid silver
or silver plated. The hallmarks might give an indication as to its age.
Depending on this information, one would then have to decide whether it
is worth finding a replacement for the broken glass bottle. However, it
seems to have some quite elaborate and intricate work in it, and seems
to be quite an attractive piece.
Dave Frothingham writes:This is in reference to the question of
Don Richardson. I have seen similar items and they have been spirits
dispensers. One pushes a glass up against the valve stem on the bottom
which gives you a premeasured quantity of liquor or just keeps pouring
until you let the class down a bit.
Peter Dean: ...It looks to me like a wine dispenser, such as one
often finds in Austria. Without more details it is hard to say if it is
worth much but my guess is, if there are no marks, it is a modern copy
of little value. A new glass should not be hard to find. Thanks for your
newsletter. I will send you soon a short piece to include....
Gerald Gerhart writes:... I actually still have one of these
items gathering dust in my basement (it was a wedding present!). I am
100% sure that the item is a wine dispenser. The outer bowl is filled
with wine and the inner tube with crushed ice. Wine is dispensed when
one pushes his glass against the valve and the flow is cut off when the
glass is removed (and one or two drops invariably drip onto the table
below!). The one I have is made of wrought iron with cheesy grape vine
ornamentation. I would expect that Mr. Richardson's item is in all
probability, silver-plated and that a replacement for the carafe would
be difficult to find and, all in all, not worth the effort (unless the
item has some sentimental value!)
Tom Guarrera has a different idea and writes: I believe Mr.
Richardson's glass item is what is left of a French type of coffee
maker that takes an alcohol burner as its heat source. (see attached
photo). You can see one in action in the 1945 Noel Coward film
"Blithe Spirit". I found mine at a flea market many years ago, but
have never been able to make good coffee with it. If anyone has
instructions, I would be glad to hear them.