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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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 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 Waterford 'Tramore'/'Maeve' wine decanter, second half 20th century, pattern introduced in 1968 and later in 1976 as Maeve, the decanter of tapering straight sided baluster form with diamond cuts to the lower section, navette incisions to
A Waterford decanter, second half 20th century, the Prussian styled decanter with a starburst mushroom stopper, and a sliced and ringed neck and collar, the body with a stylish deep trapezoid cut border, a typical starburst underside with watermark. Height
A fine barrel shaped crystal decanter by Waterford, the decanter with a lens cut border, diamond points to the lower section, with a slice cut neck and a cup form rim supporting a diamond point and star burst globular stopper; a starburst underside; with s
A fine crystal ship's decanter by Waterford, of typical form with a slice cut neck and palm cut to the body with a starburst cut base and a knopped incised stopper; with Waterford stencil mark underside. Height 28 cm
A Waterford decanter, of tapering form with a slice cut neck to a cup shaped rim and surmounted by a vertical cut domed stopper, the body with a cross hatched diamond design and raised on a pedestal foot, with a star burst pattern underside; stencil mark t
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