Small engraved taper decanter, lozenge stopper

Stock Number: 4852

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 save for a polished out pontil mark and measures 7.7 cm (3.1 inches) in diameter.  The decanter is 18.2 cm (7.3 inches) in height without the stopper and 22.5 cm (9 inches) in height with the stopper inserted.  
The stopper is of lozenge form, and is possibly the original.  It is a very good fit, of the right style, and is of the same colour and metal. There is the normal, very minor wear to the peg and facets of the stopper as is to be expected of an item of this age.  There are no major chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration.  
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Small engraved taper decanter, lozenge stopperSmall engraved taper decanter, lozenge stopper
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