A fascinating 19th-century instrument known in France as a soufflet de barrique, this wrought iron wine bellows was once used at a vineyard in Bordeaux. The wooden bellows is adorned with tanned leather secured by metal nailheads and is mounted to a wrought iron stand. A wooden handle extends from one end, operating the still-functioning lever that pushes air from the bladder through the nozzle beneath the handle. Designed to clear wine from one barrel to another without disturbing the contents, today most collectors will display the bellows as a decorative accessory in a kitchen, wine room, or bar area.
There is a faded production mark on the top of the bellows that most likely says Vivez Rue des Douves Bordeaux brevete S.G.D.G (a location/patent mark).
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with commensurate wear, such as minor rubs and oxidation to the iron and an age separation to the handle. Slight chapping of leather with some light stains. Missing the flexible tubing that would have been attached to the nozzle.