5165 A Very Unusual and Rare Ship's Carafe
Until I saw this, I think I can safely say that I had never seen a ship's carafe previously! And I am not the only one. I discussed this with one of the world's leading experts in this field - and he had not seen one either.
The carafe takes the form of a cone with a gently everted and wide pouring lip. The base is devoid of decoration, while the neck has a band of broad flutes above an applied neck ring.
The underside has the amount of wear that one would expect from a decanter or carafe of c.1820-50 and the pontil has been ground and polished as one would of those dates.
It is always very difficult to assess objects which have never been seen before, but the evidence points in the direction I have given. As this piece cost us very little we are offering it at what may be the bargain of the year!
Dimensions: 9", 22.8 cm. high.
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