Dating antique glass decanters

dating antique glass decanters

How do you date a decanter?

For this reason, shape alone should not be the sole criterion when attempting to date a decanter. The colour and clarity of the metal, skill of execution, wear-marks etc., must also be taken into account

Why buy antique glass decanters?

There’s nothing quite like antique glass decanters. It combines craftsmanship, elegance and warmth. There is pleasure in decanting a bottle of wine into a decanter, which could be over two hundred years old and wondering who may have used it in the past. Not only do decanters have sculptural appeal they are also eminently useful.

When did the first decanter come out?

The early 19th century saw the introduction of the classic decanter with three neck rings (neck rings being trails of glass applied around the neck of the bottle in order to assist a firm grip) with either a bulls eye or mushroom stopper, which we are more familiar with today.

Can you date a decanter with a silver collar?

Silver collars on decanters should generally be regarded with suspicion, as they are often added later to cover damage to the neck N.B. The presence or absence of a pontil (ground or not) is not enough evidence in itself to date a glass.

What is a wine decanter?

Super simple: a wine decanter is a vessel (usually made of glass) used to serve wine. The process of decanting wine, then, is the act of pouring the wine from a bottle into the decanter. In the home setting, you’ll use the decanter to serve the wine into individual glasses.

How do you check if a decanter is real?

Lay the decanter on the side between two books so it will not roll, with the base facing the light. Use a magnifying glass to scan the entire base for a makers mark, with special attention to the centre and along the edge. Use a loupe to check closer, and look across the flat surface of the bottom.

How long can you keep wine in a decanter?

The thing about decanters is that it is more about a wine preparation rather than a long-time storage container. Don’t decant your wine if you don’t intend to finish it within a short period of time. Make sure to consume decanted wine within 2 - 3 days, beyond this, the wine will just turn harsh and flat.

Can you date a decanter with a silver collar?

Silver collars on decanters should generally be regarded with suspicion, as they are often added later to cover damage to the neck N.B. The presence or absence of a pontil (ground or not) is not enough evidence in itself to date a glass.

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