Mappin & Webb is a British company that was established in 1889, but its origins go back to 1775 when Jonathan Mappin opened a silver smithing workshop in Sheffield. The business passed down through generations until it was incorporated as Mappin Brothers Ltd by Jonathan's four great-grandsons. In 1859, William, the eldest brother, left the business and the youngest, John, started his own firm called Mappin & Company. In 1864, John's brother-in-law George Webb joined the business, and they renamed it Mappin, Webb & Co. and then Mappin & Webb Ltd in 1889.
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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 When the tax was repealed in 1845, a heavier gauge was reverted to.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.
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