This site has been created to spread the appreciation of antique decanters using my own collection of decanters to illustrate points of design and recognition. Decanters are a wonderful thing to collect as there is so much variation, and 300 years of manufacture to collect from. Also prices can vary wildly, but good quality and history can still be purchased cheaply for those that show little concern for maker and provenance.
My decanter collection is based upon my taste and budget, and consequently I cannot promise to provide a comprehensive guide to all decanters. The decanters will be mostly of UK manufacture and pre-WWII. I will also feature other tableware such as claret jugs, carafes, jugs and cruets. Things of value you may see on this sight are less to do with the depth of my pockets and more to do this my abilities as a bargain hunter and how long I have been collecting.
This is a non-commercial site, so none of the decanters shown here are for sale. Also this web site will not provide valuations, but may discuss prices in a comparative way. The thing to bear in mind is that I am a collector and in general there may be a difference between what I would wish to pay for things and what dealers would like to charge for them.
To identify glass I have an extensive collection of books on antique glass, auction catalogues, period design books, magazines etc.., I use facebook contacts, and I also use my 25 years plus experience of collecting decanters. In order to give some credit for that assistance of others this site has a bibliography and links page. I have also started to add references to items to allow you to find my source material if you are really that interested. Occasionally I may give an opinion on something, but that will only be my opinion, and I would not wish to be held accountable for the veracity of anything in this web site.
Clicking on the pictures in this website will display a full screen picture of the item you are interested. I don't have a professional photography setup, so I hope you will forgive the variations in lighting etc.. I have used natural lighting as much as possible for the photos so the glass appears as you would see it normally.
As a collector, I know the thing you most want to see is lots of well described examples in order to assist in the identification of what you have got or are about to get. I will illustrate lavishly and detail features of identification.
I plan for this web site to be under continuous development as I build new sections and add to my collection, so if you find it informative, please come back to see the changes I make.
I hope you enjoy this site and find it informative.
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