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Ship's Decanters

At Butler's Antiques, we have the widest selection of antique ship's decanters to be seen anywhere on planet Earth!  What you see below are almost all antique decanters of the period 1780 - 1830, but where we have later versions, they are clearly indicated.

Ship's decanters were first made in the last quarter of the 18th century and following Admiral Rodney's victories, particularly at the Battle of the Saintes (April 1782) were often referred to at the time as 'Rodneys'. The term 'Rodney' is still occasionally used within the antiques trade and by collectors.

Ship's decanters, or Rodneys if you prefer, are considerably heavier other than standard models, indeed they are, on average, twice as heavy.  They were usually fitted with flat stoppers as other shapes (globular and mushroom) would roll from a table.  They have been very popular for over 100 years and most seen today are late 19th or early 20th century. Indeed the number of reproductions can make it very confusing for someone looking for an antique version and they probably outnumber genuine ones by a factor of100:1. Copies tend to be larger and have mushroom stoppers, while some have neck rings which can be felt when a finger is inserted in the neck. There are other differences which are too complex to explain in a short piece like this.

How broad based does a decanter have to be to qualify as a rodney/ship's decanter? It is a question to which there is no definitive answer, nor is it dependent on a particular ratio of width to height. It is more a question of this is a ship's decanter and that is not - and the dividing line is quite blurred.  There are some quite experienced experts who categorise those near that divide as 'semi-ship's' decanters!

Today, when glass manufacturers can produce almost any shape, it is notable that many make decanters with very wide bases for the simple reason that they allow the wine to 'breathe' better. Of course antique ones do pretty much the same!

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 feature... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £1,475, US customers $1,920, Euro customers €1,695, Australian customers $2,580

3019 A Fine Conical Ship's Decanter

3019 A Fine Conical Ship's Decanter

This is a fine ship's decanter of conical outline, The thickly-blown glass of excellent colour... Date: c1790 - 1805

Price: UK customers £1,250, US customers $1,625, Euro customers €1,440, Australian customers $2,190

3025 A Fine Conical Ship's Decanter

3025 A Fine Conical Ship's Decanter

This is a fine, if not totally conventional, ship's decanter in that is a simple... Date: c1790 - 1805

Price: UK customers £1,100, US customers $1,430, Euro customers €1,265, Australian customers $1,925

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 $1,495, Euro customers €1,325, Australian customers $2,015

5174 A Ship's Decanter Attributed to Harry Powell's Whitefriars Glasshouse.

5174 A Ship's Decanter Attributed to Harry Powell's Whitefriars Glasshouse.

This delightful ship's decanter was very probably made in Harry Powell's Whitefriars Glasshouse in London... Date: c.1890

Price: UK customers £450, US customers $585, Euro customers €520, Australian customers $790

6030 An Orrefors Ship's Decanter by Nils Landberg

6030 An Orrefors Ship's Decanter by Nils Landberg

This is a modern decanter by Orrefors which is clearly signed on the underside. Although... Date: c.1980

Price: UK customers £465, US customers $605, Euro customers €535, Australian customers $815

6505 A Narrow Conical Cut Ship's Decanter

6505 A Narrow Conical Cut Ship's Decanter

This is an unusual ship's decanter becuse it is so tall and narrow - but... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £325, US customers $425, Euro customers €375, Australian customers $570

6506 An Orrefors Ship's Decanter

6506 An Orrefors Ship's Decanter

This is a modern decanter by Orrefors which is clearly signed on the underside. Although... Date: c.1980

Price: UK customers £465, US customers $605, Euro customers €535, Australian customers $815

6525 A Small Plain Ship's Decanter

6525 A Small Plain Ship's Decanter

This delightful small ship's decanter is unusual - although it is a classic standard shape... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £245, US customers $320, Euro customers €280, Australian customers $430

6550 A Good Plain Ship's Decanter.

6550 A Good Plain Ship's Decanter.

This is a classic antique ship's decanter. It has a conical body rising to a... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £825, US customers $1,075, Euro customers €950, Australian customers $1,445

6559 A Rare Pair of Small Georgian Ship's Decanters

6559 A Rare Pair of Small Georgian Ship's Decanters

This is a rare and unusual pair of small ship's decanters. The bodies are of... Date: c.1810

Price: UK customers £525, US customers $685, Euro customers €605, Australian customers $920

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