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MODERN DECANTERS

I have to admit to not having many modern decanters because I don't rate many of them, however, I promise to keep my eyes open to opportunity and grow this section, and maybe they will grow on me.

As I don't have that many of them, all decanters that I consider to be Post World War II are modern. Since the war although there are many decanters that are copies of previous eras, there is a tendency for them not be slavish copies. This may be cynical of me, but I would put a lot of this down to the cost of the skilled labour it would take to reproduce those earlier works. In addition to the the standard/traditional cut glass decanters that we see being produced there is still innovation going on with new styles patterns and shapes.

Modern Decanters

Possibly modern Royal Doulton Decanter. It has a baluster shape with an applied flat foot, criss cross cutting to the body and a slice cut neck. The stopper is a solid ball with radiating cutting to the top.

Whilst I believe this decanter to be relatively new, I suspect it is nolonger in production. It is unmarked, but I believe it is Royal Doulton as the stopper is a common style they use this shape decanter too. The clarity and brilliance of the glass is high, even when compared to other modern decanters. Happy to be advised otherwise.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 4 inches

Possibly Waterford possibly 1970s or 80s. This decanter is in the style of a Regency cylinder decanter, the rings are not cut but pressed out and the horizontal bands are moulded into the glass. The hobnail band, and shoulder panels, are cut. The mushroom stopper is slice cut to the neck and radiating cutting to top. The base is unusual in that it has a polished pontil with tight cutting radiating out from it.

Whilst I have not been able to identify this pattern, Waterford in Ireland have produced decanters with similar faux rings with printies cut into them. For what is a modern decanter the glass is not too brilliant, infact duller than many Victorian and later Georgian decanters. I am unsure if this is deliberate, as it would be difficult to confuse this decanter with an antique one.

I am open to advice on this one.

Height: 11.5 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

A ships decanter with a plain body and the three neck rings are true applied neck rings. The stopper is a cut bullseye. Designed by T. Jones of Stevens and Williams Ltd. in 1963.

An elegant plain decanter in the style of Georgian ship decanters, circa.1800. The key difference between this decanter and the Georgian ones is that the stopper is not a true disc as the antique bullseye stoppers are and has a clean polished peg. This decanter also has very little wear to the base, and none of the scratches and scuffs that comes with 200 years of use.

Beware dealers either through ignorance or mischief occasionally try to sell these and similarly new decanters as Georgian. Real Georgian ship decanters like this are pretty rare and so command stiff prices. Before you part with your money, get it in your hands and think carefully, does this look 200 years old. The stopper peg should not be shiny and polished.

It should be noted that from 1931 Stevens and Williams Ltd. were selling their glass under the name Royal Brierley, and some of these decanters may have etched Royal Brierley underneath.

Reference: English and Irish Glass, Geoffrey Wills, part 16, page 9.

Height: 10.5 inches

Width: 7 inches

Stuart Glengarry pattern decanter.

Whilst being slightly dumpy in shape, this is still a nice decanter with the cutting well laid out and nicely shaped stopper. The shape could be considered a practical compromise, in that it is unlikely to knock over easily but doesn't use up too much table room.

The panel cut neck of the decanter with small horizonal grooves cut in it, is a commonly used Stuart Crystal motif that is applied to other patterns. I think they have been using this since the 1930s.

Height: 11.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a small Stuart decanter with a basic criss cross cutting pattern to the body, panel cut shoulders, and two faux neck rings. The stopper is a disc like mushroom with radiating cutting on top and slice cuts to the neck.

To my knowledge this decanter shape originated in the 1930s, it was made in different sizes and cut with different patterns on it. It seems that once Stuart decided it liked a shape or pattern it was then willing to max and match them. How frequently this was done I don't know, the shapes and patterns could have been switched annually, on the other hand Stuart may have carried a wide range of patterns for each shape it produced.

I don't know what the cut pattern is called, so any assistance gratefully accepted.

Height: 7 inches

Width: 3.75 inches

Stuart Glencoe pattern decanter.

This is a prussian shaped Decanter with two faux neck rings, panel cut shoulders and the Glencoe pattern cut on the base. It has a mushroom stopper with radiating grooves.

This decanter is modelled on Regency Prussian shaped decanters, althought these normally had three applied neck rings. I am not a fan of this decanter as it's a complete pastiche of an older style and doesn't bring anything original to the design.

Height: 9 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

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