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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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 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.
A Waterford crystal 'Alana' ships decanter and an ashtray, 1952, decanter pattern introduced. Handcut, the decanter of typical ship form with a plain diamond design to the body, long slice cuts to the neck, a spherical stopper with hexagonal cuts a
A Victorian cut crystal decanter. Later 19th century, the body richly adorned with cushion cut diamonds and cross hatched designs, with slice cuts and fluted rings to the neck, surmounted by a ball stopper. Height 29.5 cm
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