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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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