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Antique magnum decanters are seldom seen, and double magnums are considerably rarer. There are a few antique decanters of this size to be seen, but they are usually French Cider decanters (or carafes), but English examples, particularly of this date, by contrast, are great rarities.
This decanter is completely devoid of decoration, but the neck has three applied neck rings and an everted lip. The shape is transitional between a taper and a 'Prussian', and without the neck rings might be firmly dated in the 18th century. However that feature does put it at around the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The decanter is in fine unrestored and bright condition and the bevelled inverted pear-shaped stopper, while contemporary, may not be original - on the other hand it may be!
We have put 3 litres of water in the decanter and the level came about 2", (5 cms.) below the lowest neck ring, so there is sufficient room for 4 bottles of wine to 'breathe'.
At almost the same time that we found the decanter, we also found the very rare Old Sheffield Plated coaster which fits well and can be seen in the third image. It can be seen as 3039.
Dimensions: 16.1", 40.8 cm. high incl. stopper
From the collection of Hugh Johnson Esq.