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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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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Massive pair of cut crystal decanters with large mushroom stoppers

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.

French figural Musketeer decanter, approx 37 cm high

A glass Absinthe decanter with stylised dolphin finial, Ht. 38 cm

Edwardian glass & brass figural owl decanter having a hinged head & glass eyes. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Length 24 cm

A set of 6 Bristol blue glass decanters and one ebony stand, English, early 18th century, 22 cm high

Waterford crystal 'Lismore' decanter of mallet shape, having a flat head stopper. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 24 cm

Stuart crystal 'Hardwicke' decanter having cut criss cross & starburst detail. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 34 cm

Pair of antique French decanters, each approx 29 cm high (2)

A Waterford crystal ships decanter mid 20th century. Height 25 cm

An English etched glass decanter with Teardrop stopper, height 33 cm

A Victorian Bristol green water decanter with plated silver mounts, of tall cylindrical shape with bottle ticket and stopper. Height 31 cm

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

A glass decanter, 20th century, the high shouldered decanter with a slice cut neck and a flat topped octagonal stopper, the body upon a slightly extended octagonal base. Height 22.5 cm

A crystal wine decanter, of facetted shape. Height 34.5 cm

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

Two glass decanters, & a cut glass lidded jar

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

Pair of Victorian Bristol green ships decanters, 24 cm high approx

Pair of Victorian vine etched glass decanters, height 29.5 cm approx

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.

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