DECANTERS

Decanters were used extensively in the eighteenth century for the very good reason that most alcoholic beverages had a huge amount of sediment.  One of the reasons that so many 18th century Georgian drinking glasses had fluting or honeycomb patterning to the lower half of the glass was probably to hide the amount of sediment that had been poured into the glass.  Decanting didn't get rid of all the sediment, but it did allow for much of it to be poured off before it was served to a guest.  Decanting was required for all types of liquor including ale and champagne.   The decanter on the right is a very nice taper decanter wiith a scalloped disk stopper dating from about 1775.  The silver decanter label shown with it is from the early 19th century.



Engraved and scale-cut taper decanter

Engraved and scale-cut taper decanter

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, scale-cut glass, engraved taper decanter dating from the end of the 18th century, c1780.   
The decanter is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows the age related wear and tear to the base commensurate with some 200+ years of use.  
 
The decanter is club-shaped and is decorated with fishscale cutting down to the shoulders from the pouring lip.  The body of the decanter is engraved with swags of stylised leaves and two sets of initials ("FCJ?") within oval cartouches.  The base is plain save for a polished out pontil mark and measures 10.2 cm (4.1 inches) in diameter.  The decanter is 23.5 cm (9.4 inches) in...

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Price: £195.00

Silesian, engraved and gilded cordial decanter

Silesian, engraved and gilded cordial decanter

This is what we believe to be a beautifully engraved and gilded small cordial decanter dating from the late 18th century, c1780, and probably originating in Silesia. 
 
The decanter is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows the age related wear and tear to the rim of the base commensurate with nearly 200 years of use.  There is a rough pontil mark to the base.
 
The neck of the decanter is decorated with five bands of shallow cut olives and a single band of etched leaves.  The body of the decanter is decorated with two further bands of olives below which sit two opposing, small baskets of etched flowers within cartouches.  The baskets were once gilded...

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Price: £95.00

Small engraved taper decanter, lozenge stopper

Small engraved taper decanter, lozenge stopper

This is what we believe to be a small Georgian, engraved taper decanter dating from the end of the 18th century, c1790.   
 
The decanter is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows the age related wear and tear to the base commensurate with some 200+ years of use.  
 
The decanter is club-shaped and is decorated with an engraved blank cartouche on one side intended for somebody's initials that were never written.  Two sprigs of foliage on either side of the cartouche lead to a pair of barley ears on the reverse in saltire (crossed) and a single hop leaf.  The decanter was presumably therefore intended for strong ale.  The base is plain...

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Price: £125.00


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