Learn about Decanters

The earliest decanters date from the late seventeenth century and were made from blown moulded glass. They were used to serve wine at a time when there was a move towards less formal dining procedures and the reduced reliance on servants and waiters. The 1745 Excise Tax caused manufacturers to make decanters lighter in weight. The tax benefited the industry in Ireland where it did not apply. When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to. In the second half of the eighteenth century blue, green and amethyst coloured decanters were made. Decanters often sat on silver bottle coasters with baize bases (some even on castors) and could be 'pushed' around the dining table without making scratches or requiring serving staff.

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A glass Georgian decanter, English, 18th century, with etched decoration, 29 cm high

A Georgian mallet shaped decanter and bulls eye stopper, English, 18th century, 26 cm high. Provenance: Montague Sainsbury Collection, Christie's, London, 6 July 1999

An early George III glass decanter, English, 19th century, 29 cm high

A Vidrios de Levante glass decanter, Spain, 16 x 38 cm

A pewter Wit & wine claret decanter, made in France, 28 x 18 cm

Two glass decanters, & a cut glass lidded jar

Waterford crystal shipping decanter, together with a Stuart crystal decanter, a crystal jug and perfume bottle

A late 19th century vase, together with a pair of edged vases, a decanter and stopper and a Swedish vase.

Wolf Blass 75th anniversary lead crystal decanter in box, 35 cm high

Three Victorian Bristol blue glass decanters, mid 19th century. Heights: 21 cm, 25.5 cm

A fine pair of Georgian Bristol blue glass triple ring decanters, 23 cm high

Two glass decanters, a rectangular decanter with canted edges of cut design throughout and with a faceted ball stopper, the other of cylindrical form with a carinate collar, with etched floral motifs and a ball stopper. Heights: 23.5 cm and 20 cm

A pair of pressed clear glass decanters, 20th century. the Prussian style decanters with cup form stoppers with quatrefoil rims, the body with cut shoulders and waisted flutes. Height 30 cm

Copeland, three cobalt blue decanters, in the form of bullets, stamped to base 'James green & Nephew, Queen Victoria London, pattern no. 12748, 8 Sep 1916', impressed 'Copeland England', together with a Copeland Spode whisky decanter, b

Lalique, Barsac' decanter, model no. 15051, clear and frosted glass, etched signature 'Lalique France' to underside, height 25.5 cm

Pair of Victorian glass decanters, 31 cm high approx.

Stuart crystal 'Shaftesbury' ships decanter having a round faceted ball stopper, with acid etched mark & original sticker. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 26 cm

A Royal Doulton decanter, of round shape, depicting a golfer on body, with cork stopper. Height 23 cm

Waterford crystal 'Kylemore' decanter with stopper, stamped to the base. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 31.5 cm

An Edwardian sterling silver mount crystal 'Pinch, waisted' decanter, 1907 Sheffield, by Walker & Hall. Height 34.5 cm

A Waterford crystal ship's decanter, with all-over cut design, faceted neck and spherical faceted stopper. Height 25 cm

Sterling silver collared crystal decanter hallmarked London 1991, 24.5 cm high approx.

A Waterford 'Tramore'/'Maeve' wine decanter, second half 20th century, pattern introduced in 1968 and later in 1976 as Maeve, the decanter of tapering straight sided baluster form with diamond cuts to the lower section, navette incisions to

Royal Doulton six sided spirit decanter in original box. Condition excellent to good, almost as new. Height 23.5 cm