John Walsh Walsh have produced some truly fantastic decanter designs and in particular the Clyne Farquharson designs. Unfortunately they are so distinctive that your chances of picking one up as a bargain are extremely low. I live in hope.
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Description, References and Size
This is a conical decanter with engraved shooting stars running down the body. It has a three sided pouring lip and the stopper is similarly conical with shooting stars. Made circa.1900.
This is a beautiful and subtle design. I bought it before I knew who made it and much later bout the Eric Reynolds book. The back half of the book is a mass of drawings from the factory design book reproduced in miniature. Busting my eyes looking at these tiny drawings, there it was, my lovely shooting star decanter. The date I have put is a pure guess and it could be 20 years in either direction.
Reference: The Glass of John Walsh Walsh 1850-1951, Eric Reynolds, page 97.
Height: 13 inches
Width: 4.5 inches
These are wrythen shaft and globe decanters with four dimples to the body and four sided undulating pouring lip. The wrythen hollow stopper is dented similar to the body of the decanter. The glass is in the John Walsh Walsh catalogue listed as, "The Venetian Suite". Made circa. 1900-1930.
I have seen these decanters on sale as Whitefriars but they are not. One thing that is noticeably different between these and similar Whitefriars decanters is that these have thicker metal. They are still nice things though.
I didn't know they made miniature versions until I saw this one and had to have it. Small decanters may be cuter but they are less practical and thus they are usually cheaper as this one turned out to be.
Reference: The Glass of John Walsh Walsh 1850-1951, Eric Reynolds, page 31.
Reference: The Journal of the Glass Association, Volume 5 1997, page 52.
Reference: The Decanter, Andy McConnell, page 483
Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 335
Reference: Miller's Glass of the '20s & 30's, Frankie Leibe, page 11
Reference: Edwardian Shopping, R H Langbridge, chapter 1902
Height: 11 and 7 inches
Width: 4.5 and 2.75 inches
This is conical decanter with slanted blazes cut to the base surmounted by interlocking arches enclosing a stylised leaf pattern. Where the tops of the arches overlap there is diaper cutting and this is surmounted by a band of cut vertical lozenges, surmounted by three bands of horizontal ellipses, surmounted by another band of cut vertical lozenges. The top of the mushroom stopper has interlocking arches and diaper cutting to match that on the body. Etched with the mark WALSH ENGLAND that was used 1930-51, and most likely made in the 1930s.
This is a totally fantastic quality decanter that could grace anybodies table. It is not in the book I was telling you was so great, but it is a marked piece, and doesn't need more provenance than that.
I have photographed this decanter slightly from above in order that you can see how the cutting on the top of the stopper matches that on the body.
Height: 11 inches
Width: 5.5 inches
This is a cylindrical decanter with bands of vertical cutting for the length of the body interspersed with a columns of printies and horizontal cutting. The hollow stopper has vertical cutting to the sides and is panel cut to the tip. Made 1946-49.
At the time this decanter was made John Walsh Walsh was in trouble and close to closure. In some ways you can see in this decanter, the design is quite nice and of its period, but quality of execution is not quite there. The body of the decanter is not quite even and consequently so is the cutting. The fact that they would cut what was clearly an inferior body that would cause the cutting to look inferior says there is something wrong in the company. Compare this with the previous decanter.
Reference: The Glass of John Walsh Walsh 1850-1951, Eric Reynolds, page 38.
Reference: The Decanter, Andy McConnell, page 432
Height: 10 inches
Width: 3.25 inches
This is a cylindrical decanter with concave sloping neck in the John Walsh Walsh "Kenilworth" pattern. The body is cut with a diaper pattern and the neck is panel with fine notches cut on the edges. The stopper is designed to reflect the pattern of the body. Made 1930-49.
To some people this is just another boring decanter, but I found it flicking through eBay one evening and the solid block of diaper cutting and matching non-generic stopper leap off the page at me. It then took a few hours of flicking through pages of various books to figure out what it was. Even then I have not found an exact match for the decanter just the pattern. I am still happy with this attribution as this shape of decanter seemed to be one of John Walsh Walsh's favourites.
Reference: The Glass of John Walsh Walsh 1850-1951, Eric Reynolds, page 45.
Height: 10 inches
Width: 3.25 inches
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