A fine and rare late 18th/early 19th century English mahogany six-bottle wine tray or carrier, also referred to as a butler's wine tray. These were used to carry wine bottles up from the cellar to the dining room, keeping the bottle properly positioned to prevent the sediment from mixing back in with the wine. The carrier is cut out to accommodate the neck of the bottle and additionally there are mahogany slats running down each holder to keep one bottle from rolling into the other. This piece is finely dove-tailed as per photo. We found that today's split-size bottle fits perfectly for display.
This superb piece measures 16" square and stands 3 3/4" high, approximately 6" high to the top of the cut-out handle. It weighs an impressive 7 pounds! The piece is in very, very good estate condition. As you can see in the photo, the bottom has been reinforced at one time as there are some newer screws set beside the original tiny, brass screws. There are no splits or cracks in the upper sections and no restoration. It is a very, very solid piece! The mahogany has a lovely, warm patina and the finish has a wonderful soft lustrous finish.
Truly a fine example of this seldom seen item which would have been used daily in a wealthy Georgian dining room.
Rare Late Georgian Mahogany Wine Bottle Tray or Carrier