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Antique Copper & Brass Distillery Tools: Beautiful Decorative Historical Vignette
My eye was immediately drawn to these colorful copper and brass primitive objects. Each seemed hand made, well worn, surprisingly heavy and unusual. The parts of each are hand soldered and they are solid copper and brass. While obviously utilitarian in nature, the colors of the ensemble taken together are very eye catching. I know the group will create a very cheerful decorative corner in a kitchen, sitting room or a patio. But what on earth were they? Each it seems is an antique piece of equipment for creating or improving alcoholic beverages. The long copper cone, with handle, is an ale muller. It's 12" long, 4" diameter and 6" wide. The odd looking can with a thin spout is a distiller for moonshine or whiskey. It is 12" tall, 4.75" wide and 3.5" in diameter. Finally, the funnel, of brass and copper. Evidently copper is imperative to use in the distilling process. I know very little about it; but most of the implements used are copper. This large funnel is 8" diameter and 8* long. It has a heavy hook. I am unable to locate clear marking that identify a maker or a year of manufacture. Simply doing the research indicates these pieces are from the 1800s. I imagine they have interesting histories, a different sort of color. A unique way of making a ssspace beautiful, with history to stimulate conversation, learning and an appreciation for how incredible the work of human hands may be.