Have you seen this object before? Some call it a tea / wine warmer. What do you think it it? And this is what the detachable inside looks like. No related posts. By felicia|2016-09-22T11:58:18+08:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: Identify Photographs|14 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life Sports Idol Gallery Sports Idol 14 Comments Ngai C O September 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply Hi, Fresh from English grammar, felicia has given readers another task. You do keep us preoccupied to flex our minds. I can only make some guesses as I have not found any identikit. It is a set of three copper items, a container, a small tray and a larger one. The container is formed by ribbing together a copper sheet as against other methods of construction that I have seen on the web. The etched pattern on the lid is commonly seen on many Chinese products. The lid handle is a simple ring shape. When one compares with similar products, it appears to be of very low quality in terms of its design, shape, construction and the choice of etching used. It is crude and unattractive. I would not mind having one of those on the web for display but not this one. I would suggest that this is an ice bucket and not as indicated on the caption. Ngai C O September 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply Hi, The term ‘warmer’ can be a bit misleading or confusing. Link below is a typical warmer, where heat is introduced via a candle in this instance to keep the pot of tea hot. Whereas if the pot is covered by an insulating jacket to keep the tea warm, the contraption is then known as a cosy. The materials used to make the cosy often come from locally available sources. No additional heat is introduced. https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fi.ebayimg.com%2Fimages%2Fg%2F5LcAAOSwpDdVdv53%2Fs-l300.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2F600ml-glass-teapot-warmer-12pcs-flowering-tea-candle-Good-for-gifts-B07-D-12-%2F381291696162&docid=didqVcQ-1PQNuM&tbnid=hsgsq3xIkRRGPM%3A&w=300&h=269&bih=649&biw=1280&ved=0ahUKEwjH1KzP3qLPAhVBJsAKHRNPDyI4yAEQMwgTKBEwEQ&iact=mrc&uact=8 felicia September 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply Hello Ngai 🙂 We’ve put up a picture of another view of this object. Ngai C O September 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply Hi felicia, It did cross my mind to ask for another clue at one stage when I was trying to work out what it was used for. With this revelation, it points towards a traditional Chinese wine warmer. Why? Because of the groove in the galvanised cylinder so that the spout of the wine pot can slot into the warmer. If this is the case, the etched pattern on the lid is typical Chinese. I did learn something today in that I never knew traditional Chinese warmed their wine. I have always associated with wine being chilled in the western practice. As for the when, where, how and why, it can be left for another occasion. Christopher September 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply Hi Ngai, here’s an example of a wine warmer that we have in our collection. http://db.ipohworld.org/view.php?type=id&id=8183#search_form_wrapper Ngai C O September 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply Hi Christopher, Thanks for the picture to complete the puzzle for the ‘specific’ answer that relates to the title. I happen to have seen this design and many other variations on the web. This could have been produced by Selangor Pewter and badged under different names like Yves St Laurent. It is sold on the web for £249. It also explains one could keep tea warm; hence your caption of its ‘dual’ purpose. However to achieve that, one has to pour hot water into the outer cylinder. This action is to use hot water as a jacket to keep the tea warm. If the hot water is used to warm wine to say, 55 degree C, I would agree it would serve its purpose. It is probably marketed for its dual purpose as a selling point. To keep tea warm, a cosy would do its job equally well without wasting unnecessary and expensive energy in boiling another kettle of water. If people want to make that extra effort, then it is their choice. Ngai C O September 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply Hi Christopher, I would like to apologize sincerely for misreading your post; by shooting off with a different response. When I clicked send, it was too late to retract. I realized what you were doing was to show me another example of wine warmer in your collection. I definitely got my wires crossed this time and shall be extra careful in future. I would also like to add that without felicia’s second picture it would be near impossible to identify the object. Christopher September 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm - Reply Hi Ngai, don’t worry about it. haha, we too are still trying to crack our heads to think of what it was really used for if it wasn’t a warmer of sorts… Chuah TC September 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply My late Grandmother had a tea warmer once. The construction of the interior is quite similar to your second picture above. Not sure if it was custom made but the teapot fits nicely. No metallic parts as far as I know. Just rattan on the outside, looking very much like a basket with a lid, and some cotton fabric (and perhaps some foam to trap the heat) on the inside. Ngai C O September 22, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply Hi Chuah, It is a great pleasure to hear from you again. What your grandmother had was a tea cosy. It job is to keep the tea warm. That is all to it. You would see another example on the link below. https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRt7J7Dn2QmQwl5ibzrbSGaQ-mlUt-nk_S6WDG7RiiGkNIyMHKk Chuah TC September 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply Sorry Ngai. The one my Grandmother had doesn’t look like the picture in the link you provided. Ngai C O September 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply Hi Chuah, Oops!!! I showed you the ‘Western’ version. Below is link to an ‘Eastern’ style. It is basically an insulating jacket to keep the brew warm. The principle used is found in thermos flasks, fridge freezers, air conditioning cooling pipes, heating pipes, hot water cylinders, buildings, double or triple glazed windows and doors etc. I have a 10 inch thick layer of sheep wool below my roof to reduce heat loss in winter and it also keeps the house a bit cooler in summer. https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmUhJw6Je0yi0eY5F1_6lISEz7PYazPfYXRnYbB651WjSq4V27_A Chuah TC September 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply Bingo. But minus the cups. NCK September 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply My family used to have a warmer like this, except that its cross-section was hexagonal instead of oval, as in this photo: http://www.terapeak.com/worth/vintage-chinese-tea-basket-tea-warmer-wicker-basket-pot-set/262507523002/ It had a top wider than its base. The insulation was hard, should be filled with fabrics. The cavities for the cups were much smaller than those in the photo. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!