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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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 fine Bohemian milk glass decanter, double bodied in form with gilded highlights and a serpent form handle entwining over middle to lower body, 33 cm high

A small Georgian three ring decanter, condition: chip to stopper

Amethyst Carnival glass decanter, 'Grapes' (no stopper)

Two Bohemian ruby glass decanters with stand, and a vase, later 19th century, slender decanters, one with trailing floral designs on a frosted ground, the other with slice cutting and housed in a plated stand with winged female bust and lion's paw feet

A Clyne Farquharson cut crystal decanter, conical shape cut with a design of leafy tendrils, along with two similar liqueur glasses.

19th century ruby glass enamelled and gilded decanter, height 18 cm

19th century ruby glass and enamelled decanter with stopper, height 35 cm

A Georgian three ring decanter, mushroom stopper, height 25 cm

Orrefors crystal decanter slice cut with an octagonal base & a flat topped faceted stopper, signed to the base 'Orrefors 1623'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base, height 20.5 cm

Three Georgian cut glass decanters, one decanter chip to rim and stopper, 20 cm high, with plated stand

Two elegant Baccarat crystal decanters, a 'Tallyrand' cordial decanter of tapering slice cut form with a flat topped circular and notched stopper; and a squared whiskey decanter with triangular panelled sides and a faceted stopper; stencil marks un

A Bohemia emerald glass & raised enamel decanter with six matching glasses, height 19 cm [decanter]

A late 18th century Bristol blue glass decanter with pewter mounts, bearing the BADA label underneath, 28 cm high

Lalique crystal 'Champs De Mars' decanter having applied wavy frosted bands, & with beaded detail. Stamped to the base. Height 25 cm

Czech glass claret wine decanter having silver plated mounts, etched detailwith raised ruby detail. Height 26 cm

Bohemia glass ruby & gilt decanter set for six persons comprising a decanter with six glasses, having applied enamel floral detail, with original stickers. Height of decanter 28.5 cm

Mary Gregory green glass and enamelled decanter with stopper

Lalique crystal decanter, signed 'Lalique France' to base, 25 cm high approx.

Salviati glass liqueur set, comprising of a signed decanter 27.5 cm high and 6 stemmed glasses

Rene Lalique, Sainte?Odile' Decanter, designed 1927, clear and frosted glass, moulded to the underside 'R. Lalique Clos Ste Odile Obernai Pierre Weissenburger, height 23 cm, Labels: Decanter created for the wine merchant Pierre Weissenburger, Alsac

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

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

A vintage Baccarat style glass decanter, the globular decanter with a slender neck and faceted stopper, a border of small and large lens cuts to the lower body and slice cut to the neck, unmarked, height 30.5 cm

Hadeland (Norway) glass decanter opaque moss green, cylindrical form

A 19th century silver plate and Bohemian three-bottle decanter stand, the tall clear glass bottles flashed in red, blue and green, cut with grape and vine decoration, faceted sections to the base, long necks and hexagonal stoppers, the English silver plate

An Art Deco Baccarat style spirit decanter, of stylish form with black and frosted overlay glass, geometric patterns and silver neck, excellent condition. Height 22.5 cm.

A large 19th century Bohemian overlay glass liqueur set, comprising of faceted decanter with silver neck, spire stopper and eight Roemer style glasses. All with wheel engraved figure and scroll scenes. Height 34 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 Murano Venezia Aqua glass round decanter, height 15 cm

An Orrefors decanter, circa 1972, of elegant tear drop form with an elongated stopper, paper label to the body and etched marks underside. Height 36 cm

A Lalique France 'Femmes Antiques' decanter & tumbler set, comprising decanter and six tumblers, (7)

Two Baccarat decanters with Georg Jensen Stoppers, with a sterling silver mounted claret jug and silver plate mounted water jug, (4)

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

A fine Murano glass bottle vase decanter, second half 20th century, the slender ribbed handblown vase with contrasting clear and opaque white canes and narrow ribbons of cased copper aventurine, with a floriform rim and surmounted by blown glass stopper wi

A fine Murano glass bottle decanter with Bold stopper, second half 20th century. in raspberry pink colours with a spiral rib design enhanced with gold foil inclusions, an applied rim, four textured berry like prunts to the body, the elaborate stopper of co