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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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.
A pair of Georgian decanters and stoppers, each with lozenge decoration ring neck and mushroom stopper, 24 cm high. Provenance: Robert Milne Brand, Windsor Antiques The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.
A Waterford crystal 'Alana' ships decanter and an ashtray, 1952, decanter pattern introduced. Handcut, the decanter of typical ship form with a plain diamond design to the body, long slice cuts to the neck, a spherical stopper with hexagonal cuts a
A Victorian cut crystal decanter. Later 19th century, the body richly adorned with cushion cut diamonds and cross hatched designs, with slice cuts and fluted rings to the neck, surmounted by a ball stopper. Height 29.5 cm
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
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
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