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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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.
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 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
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
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