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Georgian and earlier Decanters

In this category, you will find a wide ranging selection of decanters which pre-date 1830. All decanters we sell are in good clear condition, and free from cracks and chips (unless otherwise stated). The heights of decanters are given inclusive of their stoppers, except where otherwise stated.

Stoppers for decanters are a perennial problem - but not one to worry about in the general course of events.  For the most part, it is impossible to say for certain if a stopper was fitted to a decanter originally if the decanter dates from before about 1820, and often later.  This is because in the 18th and early 19th centuries, a decanter in a gentleman's dining room may have been one of a pair, a set of 4,6, or 12, and stoppers were not necessarily kept with their decanters by the servants; they could easily be mixed up.  More cogently, they were not numbered. If a decanter of this period has an appropriate stopper, and preferably one made at the same date, it is considered to be perfectly acceptable if it fits the decanter.

Sometimes we find decanters which we want to have in our stock, but either without a stopper or one that is obviously incorrect.  If we do not have an appropriate old one, we have one made - and say so in our descriptions.  Generally, even if we have had a stopper made, it is difficult to tell it is not old from a passing inspection, but we still make clear the work we have had done.

By contrast, Victorian decanters are often numbered as are their stoppers.  As a result it is usually easy to tell if a stopper is original to its decanter.

Please also see 'Ship's Decanters', 'Magnum and Larger Format Decanters' and 'The Hugh Johnson Collection'.

1055 A 'Port Magnum' 'Prussian' Decanter with Pear Stopper

1055 A 'Port Magnum' 'Prussian' Decanter with Pear Stopper

This fine decanter has panel-cut neck and shoulders and three incise-cut neck rings. It is... Date: c. 1790

Price: UK customers £1,550, US customers $1,860, Euro customers €1,785, Australian customers $2,480

3001  A Rare Plain Ship's Decanter

3001 A Rare Plain Ship's Decanter

This is simply a good example of a George III ship's decanter. Its unusual featrue... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £1,250, US customers $1,500, Euro customers €1,440, Australian customers $2,000

3006 A Fine Sugar-Loaf Decanter Engraved CLARET

3006 A Fine Sugar-Loaf Decanter Engraved CLARET

This is a very good example of an engraved sugar-loaf decanter which is nicely engraved... Date: c.1765

Price: UK customers £1,250, US customers $1,500, Euro customers €1,440, Australian customers $2,000

3037 A Fine and Very Rare DOUBLE MAGNUM Georgian Decanter

3037 A Fine and Very Rare DOUBLE MAGNUM Georgian Decanter

Antique magnum decanters are seldom seen, and double magnums are considerably rarer. There are a... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £3,950, US customers $4,740, Euro customers €4,545, Australian customers $6,320

4080 A Fine Shouldered Decanter Engraved MOUNTAIN

4080 A Fine Shouldered Decanter Engraved MOUNTAIN

This is a fine example of a 'shouldered' decanter, and is the transitional shape between... Date: c.1750-60

Price: UK customers £1,485, US customers $1,780, Euro customers €1,710, Australian customers $2,375

4119 A Fine Georgian Ship's Decanter

4119 A Fine Georgian Ship's Decanter

This is an exceptionally fine example of a Georgian ship's decanter. The overall shape is... Date: c.1820

Price: UK customers £1,150, US customers $1,380, Euro customers €1,325, Australian customers $1,840

5001 A Cruciform Decanter

5001 A Cruciform Decanter

Cruciform decanters are among the earliest that can be seen on the market, although the... Date: c.1720 - 40

Price: UK customers £850, US customers $1,020, Euro customers €980, Australian customers $1,360

5082 An 'Indian Club' decanter with Cut Decoration

5082 An 'Indian Club' decanter with Cut Decoration

This is a good example of an Indian club decanter having an elongated barrel-shaped body.... Date: c.1785

Price: UK customers £295, US customers $355, Euro customers €340, Australian customers $470

5086 A Good Georgian 'Prussian' Decanter with a Tasting Stopper

5086 A Good Georgian 'Prussian' Decanter with a Tasting Stopper

This is an exceptional Georgian decanter. The body is the standard 'prussian' shape, but with... Date: c.1810

Price: UK customers £785, US customers $940, Euro customers €905, Australian customers $1,255

5116 An Unusual Prussian/Broad Taper Decanter

5116 An Unusual Prussian/Broad Taper Decanter

This elegant decanter has a form of cut decoration we have not previously seen, but... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £215, US customers $260, Euro customers €245, Australian customers $345

5221 An Exceptional Set of Four Decanters with a Pair of Double Trolleys

5221 An Exceptional Set of Four Decanters with a Pair of Double Trolleys

This is a magnificent set of four full-bottle size decanters of the Regency period -... Date: c.1815-20

Price: UK customers £5,200, US customers $6,240, Euro customers €5,980, Australian customers $8,320

5250 A Rare 'Lynn' Decanter of Mallet Form

5250 A Rare 'Lynn' Decanter of Mallet Form

Full-bottle size 'Lynn' deccanters are a rarity, being less frequently seen than carafes and small-size... Date: c.1740 - 60

Price: UK customers £1,250, US customers $1,500, Euro customers €1,440, Australian customers $2,000

6012 A Fine Prussian Semi-Ship's Decanter

6012 A Fine Prussian Semi-Ship's Decanter

This is a high-quality ship's decanter - some would say a semi-ship's decanter. The body... Date: c.1810

Price: UK customers £385, US customers $460, Euro customers €445, Australian customers $615

6032 A Prussian Decanter with Mushroom Stopper

6032 A Prussian Decanter with Mushroom Stopper

This is a good 'Prussian' decanter with a barrel-shaped body cut with flutes around the... Date: c.1815

Price: UK customers £160, US customers $190, Euro customers €185, Australian customers $255

6033 An Engraved and Cut Taper Decanter

6033 An Engraved and Cut Taper Decanter

This is a pretty late 18th century decanter of tapered form. The neck is cut... Date: c.1790

Price: UK customers £240, US customers $290, Euro customers €275, Australian customers $385

6510 A Plain Georgian 'Prussian' Decanter with a  target or Bull's Eye stopper

6510 A Plain Georgian 'Prussian' Decanter with a target or Bull's Eye stopper

This is a very simple, plain Georgian decanter of a type known as a 'Prussian'.... Date: c.1815

Price: UK customers £160, US customers $190, Euro customers €185, Australian customers $255

6515 A Fine Set of 4 Decanters in Sizes.

6515 A Fine Set of 4 Decanters in Sizes.

It is really quite rare to find a set of four decanters in sizes -... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £980, US customers $1,175, Euro customers €1,125, Australian customers $1,570

9507 A Fine Neo-Classical Engraved Carafe

9507 A Fine Neo-Classical Engraved Carafe

This is a remarkable carafe! It is of mallet shape (like a carpenter's or somemason's... Date: c.1760-70

Price: UK customers £685, US customers $820, Euro customers €790, Australian customers $1,095

9552 A 'Bristol Blue' Decanter with Gilt label  for Brandy

9552 A 'Bristol Blue' Decanter with Gilt label for Brandy

This decanter is a very early example of the 'Prussian' shape - almost a broad... Date: c.1790

Price: UK customers £285, US customers $340, Euro customers €330, Australian customers $455

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