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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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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Victorian crystal decanter and stopper, with spherical stopper, facetted neck and baluster body with star cut base, height 25 cm

Superb Art Deco liqueur decanter and glasses, in chartreuse yellow glass, the decanter set with shaped fan finial, above square body with chamfered corners, with six square form liqueur glasses (7)

An Italian novelty 925 silver and enamel duck form decanter, 20th century, the textured finished silver mounts coloured in enamel, mounting shaped glass body, marked 925, 27.5 cm high

A pair of George III decanters together with an unusually large cut glass decanter of the Same period, each of mallet form, 24 and 33 cm high, (3)

Jim Beam 1935 Duesenberg Convertible Coupe Decanter 750ml

Waterford crystal 'Lismore' ships decanter with criss-cross & vertical cut detail with a multisided stem, with original box & sticker., height 25 cm

Stuart crystal Hoggett decanter having a round bottom, on a timber stand, height including stand 30.5 cm

Stuart crystal decanter with ring & criss cross cut detail, stamped 'Rd 681269', height 20.2 cm

Stuart crystal 'Senator' decanter having cut laurel & panel design, height 25.5 cm

A pair of crystal hobnail decanters, one with damage to base, height 35 cm

An English silver mounted crystal ship's decanter, 20th century, 27 cm high

A cut crystal decanter, 20th century, 25 cm high

A pair of antique cranberry flash glass decanters, 19th century, the mallet shaped decanters with clear facet cut globe stoppers, each with borders of star, diamond and pineapple cuts and concentric borders to the neck, height 20.5 cm

Victorian enamelled decanter with celery twist handle and stopper

Waterford crystal 'Marquis' decanter having clear cut detail, stamped with an acid etched stamp 'Marquis by Waterford' to the base. Condition: good, minor wear to the base, height 24.5 cm

Stuart crystal 'Hardwicke' decanter having a cross-cross design, stamped to the base. Condition: good, minor wear to the base, height 25.5 cm

A sterling silver mount cut crystal decanter bottle mid 20th century height 30.8 cm

A pair of silver mounted small glass decanters, 1902 Birmingham, with maker's marks for William Hutton & Sons, the elegant bottle decanters with an optic vertical rib and cut glass floral designs above star burst footed bases, with pierced collars

Antique boxed pair of decanters, hour glass form mounted with chased silver collars and stoppers. Box marked Weir & Sons Dublin Ireland. Marks to collar rubbed, touch marks to stoppers legible, approx 21 cm high

Crystal cut pair of decanters with sterling silver Ship form Stoppers both with slender diamond cut necks with repeating thumb patterns, each magnifying the star burst medallion to the base. Height 30 cm

Pair of antique cut crystal decanters, with silver mounted collars marked Walker & Hall, Sheffield, 1908, approx 36 cm high (2)

Antique decanter engraved with birds, nest and ferns decoration, approx 23 cm high

A silver plate and three-bottle decanter stand, the tall glass decanters of amethyst, blue and green colour, with grape and vine overlay decoration, the silver plate stand with conforming decoration of fruiting vines decoration. Provenance: Brought to New

Stuart crystal ships decanter having a disco ball stopper, with acid etched stamp & original sticker.

An antique amethyst pinch waisted decanter with original stopper, Ht. 26.5 cm

A pair of Crstal decanters, Scandanavian style, Ht. 28 cm

A finely cut small scale crystal decanter, a few fleabite chips to end of stopper, height 20 cm

A small vintage crystal decanter, mid 20th century, of tapering form elegantly decorated with a series of vertical incisions from the shoulder to the base, with a flat topped stopper, height 20.5 cm

A small vintage French crystal and silver plated decanter, early 20th century, conical with delicate vertical lines descending to clusters of lens cut motifs, the mount with stylised pierced and vegetal motifs, height 25.5 cm

A pair of mid-Victorian faceted green glass large decanters, good and heavy mallet form, star cut bases, with original spire stoppers.

A pair of Kozminsky crystal and sterling silver decanters, of classical pear form with rounded base engraved 'Kozminsky'. Sterling silver collar mount and rounded stopper. Made for Kozminsky by Ari Norman, Sheffield, England.

Waterford crystal Lismore decanter, height 34 cm approx

Massive pair of cut crystal decanters with large mushroom stoppers

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