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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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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A George III Bristol blue glass Whisky bottle with pewter mount, c. 1780, Ht. 22 cm

A Georgian three ring decanter with Mushroom stopper, Ht. 27 cm

A Baccarat crystal decanter, Georgian style with Mushroom stopper, Ht. 23 cm

Pair of good Georgian cut crystal decanters, height 25 cm approx

Pair of Georgian cut glass decanters, height 24 cm approx

Pair of Georgian 'Ring Neck' decanters with bull's eye stoppers

A Georgian green glass bottle, with old painting, 27 cm tall. Provenance: Windsor Antiques. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A Georgian decanter, three rings to neck and decoratively cut body, mushroom stopper.

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

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

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

A Georgian pair of Bristol blue glass and gilt decanters and stoppers, marked Brandy and Hollands, circa 1820, 23.5 cm high

A Georgian brown glass gilt Shrub bottle, circa 1820, 23 cm high

A Georgian glass 'cruciform' decanter, circa 1740 having an applied ring to the neck, the body of lobed form, 24.5 cm high

Three George III decanters, each with three ring neck, two with target stoppers

A rare George II decanter, together with two George III decanters, the smallest fasceted and cut with star cut base C1760, the other in cut glass with mushroom stopper and plain form with mushroom stopper both C1800

Crystal & Glass Ware: Antique crystal decanters (4); lidded jars (2); Georgian Irish Crystal sweet meat comport; jug; wine glass & serving bowls (4). (13 items).

A Georgian enamel scent bottle in the Bilston manner, circa 1820s, the small cylindrical bottle with a screw top domed lid, finely decorated in enamels and with flowers within gilt bordered reserves upon a pale blue ground further embellished with raised g

Three 19th century cut glass decanters, circa 1800 and later including a Georgian decanter with target stopper, a lobed decanter with facetted stopper and another with ridged neck and circular stopper, the lobed decanter 33 cm high

A Georgian aqua green glass cordial decanter, with clear glass rope twist handle and faceted stopper, star cut base 24 cm high

A late Georgian lead glass liquor decanter with hobnail and reed cut panels and sunburst mushroom stopper. Height 20 cm

A pair of George III green decanters, each of cylindrical form, with triple ring neck and a cut mushroom stopper.

Georgian three ring decanter British Antique Dealers association label to base

Antique Georgian decanter, floral garland engraving with initials E. H. (lacks stopper)

Pair of antique Georgian cut glass multi ring decanters (2) 21 cm high

A good pair of Georgian three ring crystal decanters and stoppers

A pair of late Georgian decanters, second quarter 19th century, each with flattened stopper in ring-knopped neck above the ovoid body, the body with various forms of cut decoration, each shoulder with engraved monogram JEB. Height 23 cm

A pair of late Georgian Step-cut glass decanters early, 19th century, each with a broad octagonal pouring lip above a waisted neck and ovoid body, step-cut throughout, with conforming stoppers. Height ; 28 cm

A pair of Georgian slice cut decanters and a pair of cut crystal salts (4) one stopper with chip to stem

A pair of Georgian crystal decanters with stepped necks above swag moulded and star cut bodies both with chips to base of stopper 25.5 cm high

A Georgian glass decanter funnel, circa 1800, the conical top with twist sides above a fluted base. Height 20 cm

Georgian ring neck cut crystal ships decanter early 19th century, possibly Waterford. Height 22.5 cm