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5070 A Very Unusual Ship's Decanter


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This is a ship's decanter which is really unusual; it verges on strange, even! The body comprises a narrow cone, the upper two thirds of which is panel- or slice-cut except for four plain neck rings.   There is a band of flute cutting around the base of the decanter.

'When does an ordinary decanter become a ship's decanter?" is a reasonable question to ask, and this one may address some of the answers.  As can be seen from the second image, conical decanters vary considerably in angle of splay, but perhaps we should be looking at other aspects of ship's decanter manufacture.  The deciding factor  seems to be the 'feel'.  This one is very heavily made and the quality of the glass is commensurate.

One of the principle characteristics of ship's decanters is their weight - they are often twice the weight (or even more) of a comparable ordinary decanter of the same date.  The weight of this decanter puts it firmly into the ship's category.  The stopper is a replacement but it is a very good one, and is unlikely to be detected for what it is.

Date: c.1790

Dimensions: 12", 30.5 cm. high incl. stopper.

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