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 marginally less than a magnum*. The base has a band of fluting and the decanter is fitted with a bevelled pear-shaped stopper (replaced). The body of the decanter is wheel engraved with the initials WHA. Georgian magnum decanters are hard to find, and have become a rarity on the market. This is an early example with contemporary prettily-engraved initials.
* Decanters which hold just less than two bottles are often said to be port magnums. This is because port throws a sediment, and the amount of clear wine left when decanted is less than a full 2 bottles.
Date: c. 1790
Dimensions: 10.5" 26.8 cm. high
Price: UK customers £950, US customers $1,285, Euro customers €1,095, Australian customers $1,665