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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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 rare George II decanter, together with two George III decanters, the smallest fasceted and cut with star cut base C1760, the other in cut glass with mushroom stopper and plain form with mushroom stopper both C1800
A Georgian enamel scent bottle in the Bilston manner, circa 1820s, the small cylindrical bottle with a screw top domed lid, finely decorated in enamels and with flowers within gilt bordered reserves upon a pale blue ground further embellished with raised g
Three 19th century cut glass decanters, circa 1800 and later including a Georgian decanter with target stopper, a lobed decanter with facetted stopper and another with ridged neck and circular stopper, the lobed decanter 33 cm high
A pair of late Georgian decanters, second quarter 19th century, each with flattened stopper in ring-knopped neck above the ovoid body, the body with various forms of cut decoration, each shoulder with engraved monogram JEB. Height 23 cm
A pair of late Georgian Step-cut glass decanters early, 19th century, each with a broad octagonal pouring lip above a waisted neck and ovoid body, step-cut throughout, with conforming stoppers. Height ; 28 cm
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