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5131 A Georgian Ship's Decanter


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This is a fine decanter in excellent condition.  It has three rounded neck rings, panel-cut neck and shoulders and a fluted lower section above a star-cut base.  The stopper is a compromise between a 'bullseye' and an inverted pear shape with a central lenticle.

But is this a ships decanter?  It is quite broad at the base - but not as broad as some, if not many, which are definitely classified as 'ships' decanters.  Perhaps most telling is the weight and quality.  Most Georgian decanters of this period are between 600 and 850 grams, while ship's decanters are almost always more than 1,100 grams and this one is over 1,300 grams.  Ship's decanters were among the first to have star-cut bases - this has a star-cut base, and early ship's decanters almost never have mushroom stoppers - this one hasn't.  For these reasons, we feel that this can fairly be described as a ship's decanter.  However, there will be some who will argue the point, but we feel we have made a good case!

If the last image is enlarged it can be seen very clearly that the cut decoration of the glass has 'highlighted' the clarity and colour of the wine in a way that is not possible with a plain, un-cut decanter. 

Date: c.1805

Dimensions: 10.4", 26.5 cm. high incl. stopper

Weight: 1,320 grams

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