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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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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An Orrefors decanter, circa 1972, of elegant tear drop form with an elongated stopper, paper label to the body and etched marks underside. Height 36 cm

A Lalique France 'Femmes Antiques' decanter & tumbler set, comprising decanter and six tumblers, (7)

Two Baccarat decanters with Georg Jensen Stoppers, with a sterling silver mounted claret jug and silver plate mounted water jug, (4)

A fine Murano glass bottle vase decanter, second half 20th century, the slender ribbed handblown vase with contrasting clear and opaque white canes and narrow ribbons of cased copper aventurine, with a floriform rim and surmounted by blown glass stopper wi

A fine Murano glass bottle decanter with Bold stopper, second half 20th century. in raspberry pink colours with a spiral rib design enhanced with gold foil inclusions, an applied rim, four textured berry like prunts to the body, the elaborate stopper of co

Bohemian glass decanter and six stemmed glasses, with gilt and floral decoration

A boxed Flynn silver mounted Orrefors crystal decanter, with a naturalistic silver collar to the neck and a small platypus mount to the base and stopper, maker's marks to the base, signed Orrefors, 31.5 cm high (substantial loss to stopper)

A pair of Baccarat crystal Ship decanters, mid 20th century, the elegant clear pair of typical compressed form with bull's eye stoppers; acid etched mark of post war period underside to both. Height 25 cm. Diameter 19 cm

A pair of Bristol blue glass decanter and six glasses, 19th century, the decanters each 31 cm high

A 1950's Italian Venetian glass decanter set, with six glasses, etched glass with gilt tonings. (7)

A Baccarat crystal Whiskey decanter, of square form with angular panels, signed Baccarat

Orrefors crystal Whisky decanter by Sven Palmqvist signed & numbered to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 26.2 cm

Murano Bubacco green & white swirl decanter with pinched edges, stamped with original sticker. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 27 cm

Two late Georgian one-ring decanters, a cut crystal carafe and spare stopper (4)

Bohemian overlay cased glass white cut to green painted decanters painted with floral motifs & gilt highlights. Condition: good, minor wear to the bases. Height 40 cm

A pair of George III three ringed decanters having mushroom stoppers. 20 cm high.

A Georgian four-ring decanter with mushroom stopper, decanter in good condition, small chips to base of stopper

Thomas Webb cobalt blue glass decanter, height 23.5 cm approx, etched mark to base.

Mary Gregory jug, glass and decanter, approx 23 cm high and shorter (3)

Volmer Bohemian cut ruby glass decanter decorated with trees, deer, a church & a bird, having a long fluted stem with a round well. condition good, small chip to the inside stopper, minor wear to the base. Height 36 cm

A Venetian glass decanter and matching set of 6 glasses, early to mid 20th Century. 20 cm

A group of three ruby Flash glass decanters with five petite stem glasses, late 19th century, Bohemian, the long necked tapering decanters with faceted stoppers and frosted grapevine decoration to the body, the stem glasses with shaped cartouches and decor

A Victorian Bristol blue glass Flagon decanter, 19th century, of compressed ovoid form with a slender neck and an applied handle, with brass mounts and the original brass and cork stopper. Height 22 cm

A pair of Victorian ruby glass decanters, later 19th century, the squat tapering decanters with trumpet necks and floriform rims, with an internal lobed decor, applied clear glass ribbed handles and stepped globular stoppers. Height 26.5 cm

Orrefors crystal decanter of rounded rectangular form, signed & numbered 'Orrefors H2498-14', with original sticker. Condition excellent to good, minor wear to the base. Height 29.5 cm

8 piece Venetian glass liqueur set. Black & red, with white enamelled decoration, height 19 cm (decanter)

Large Victorian hand painted milk glass vase 33 cm high approx. together with 2 cut glass decanters & 3 silver plated decanter labels

A fine Waterford decanter, circa 1974, 'Castletown' design introduced 1972, the elegant long necked pedestal decanter of ovoid form with an acorn shaped stopper, with a diamond patterned frieze between horizontal cut rings, slice cut to the neck, t

Three Georgian cut crystal decanters. (3). Approx. Height 34 cm

Pair of Victorian cut glass decanters height 26 cm approx

Marigold carnival glass decanter & six glasses, approx 31 cm high (7)

Antique Regency cut glass decanter, along with a fine cut crystal ships decanter, with lemon squeezer stopper, each approx 24 cm & 23 cm (2)