Georgian engraved Irish broad based taper decanter

Stock Number: 4804

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, probably Irish, engraved, broad-based taper decanter, dating from the late 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 rim of the base commensurate with years of use.  
 
The neck of the decanter is decorated with three hand-applied annular neck rings.  The body of the decanter is decorated with emgraving of a band of hatched vesicas above a band of swags and tails and the letters "DMS".  The band of hatched vesicas would suggest a Cork Glasshouse origin and the band of swags and tails a Waterloo Cork Glasshouse origin.  The combination is an unusual one even though it is believed that the two Cork-based glasshouses shared engravers at times.  The decanter is 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter at the base which carries a partly polished out pontil mark.  The decanter is 20.2 cm (8.1 inches) in height without the stopper and 25.5 cm (10.2 inches) tall with the stopper inserted.   There are no chips, cracks, scratches or any evidence of restoration.  
 
The stopper is of moulded bull's eye form and is contemporary with the decanter.  It is a good fit and we believe it to probably be the original.  It is ground into the neck of the decanter rather than polished in which would be expected of an Irish decanter of the period.   It is possible that it is an English-made decanter decorated for the Irish market or an Irish decanter from a lesser glasshouse trying to emulate its bigger cousins.  Unfortunately the base does not show the moulded mark of the manufacturer.
 
Lead glass weighing in at 480 g. (~ 1 lb. 1 oz.).
 
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Georgian engraved Irish broad based taper decanterGeorgian engraved Irish broad based taper decanter
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