George III mahogany and brass bound hexagonal wine cooler, from Edinburgh. The hinged lid is above plain panels with three brass bands and side carrying handles. The stand has square tapering legs headed by brackets and ending in brass castors.
This pattern of wine cooler is particular to Edinburgh. Its small identifying features are the ‘hollow brackets’ at the tops of the legs and the astragal moulding on the lid and bottom of the frame. They were designed for use in the dining room, unlike the rectangular lockable ‘liquor case’ or ‘guarduvin’ that was used for drawing room drinking or simply secure storage of bottled alcohol anywhere in the house.
From The Edinburgh Cabinet and Chair Makers’ Books of Prices 1805-1825, New Introduction by David Jones, Kirk Wynd Press, Cupar, 2000
“The small identifying features of this case for bottles of wine are the ‘astragal at the edge of the top’, the ‘astragal on the bottom edge of the frame’ and the ‘small hollow bracket on each side of the legs’, all extras that appear in the 1805 price book.”
This is accompanied by a similar brass bound cooler to our above example; by Young and Trotter, 1787, Newhailes Midlothian – from the National Trust for Scotland
In 1805, the sarcophagus shaped wine cooler became the more desirable style, as it was specially adapted to fit underneath a sideboard.
- 71cm high 48cm wide x 41.5cm deep