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9552 A 'Bristol Blue' Decanter with Gilt label for Brandy

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This decanter is a very early example of the 'Prussian' shape - almost a broad 'Indian Cllub' form, and it has a bevelled pear-shape stopper. The body is decorated in gilt with a faux wine label of rectangular outline suspended by a chain. The stopper, which is not original to the decanter, but contemporary with it, is decorated with a gilt 'B'.

Most blue or green decanters of the late 18th century were labeled in gilt for Rum, Brandy or Hollands (Gin), and are of pint, or half-bottle size. This decanter will hold a full bottle, which is unusual as most bue spirit decanters only hold a half-bottle.

Date: c.1790

Price: UK customers £285, US customers $385, Euro customers €330, Australian customers $500

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