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WHITEFRIARS SPANISH CUT DECANTERS

Whitefriars Spanish cut decanters were a revival of pre-steam age glass cutting techniques where glass cutting was powered by a foot treadle and as a consequence was quite shallow. Harry Powell saw such glass in his travels and copied the designs at the Whitefriars factory.

I am afraid the designs on Spanish cut decanters don't photograph well. You will need to expand the photos to see what they are really like. The shallow cutting means there is not much refraction of light in the glass (i.e. they don't sparkle), so in real life they have a watery look about them.

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Description, References and Size

This is a square base Spanish Cut decanter with a cut lozenge stopper. Whitefriars pattern number 8901. Designed by Harry Powell circa.1912.

Whist these are called Spanish cut decanters, decanters with this style of cutting were produced all over Europe in the 18th Century and beyond. They are called Spanish cut because Harry Powell happened see and sketch some in Spain.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 273

Height: 9.5 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is a rectangular base Spanish Cut decanter with a cut heart shaped lozenge stopper. Designed by Harry Powell circa.1912.

Somehow this rectangular decanter doesn't seem as good a quality in the scheme of things as the square and hexagonal ones, and if anything this is the one that the non-Whitefriars decanter at the bottom seems to be attempting to copy.

In the scheme of things the Whitefriars Spanish cut decanters are not best quality decanters of this type and I have a couple of other non-Whitefriars Spanish cut decanters that are clearly of a better quality than those produced by Whitefriars. I hope I don't get stoned by the Whitefriars collectors for saying that.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 273

Height: 9 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is a hexagonal shaped Spanish Cut decanter with a cut lozenge stopper. Whitefriars pattern number 2230. Designed by Harry Powell circa.1912.

I think this is the prettiest of these decanters. It comes with various levels of cutting and this one have the most in the range. By various levels, there are some with only the top half with cutting and some with just some cutting around the shoulders. I am also aware there are a couple of commemorative versions of it too.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 273 & 316

Height: 9 inches

Width: 4 inches

This is a square base Spanish Cut decanter with a cut lozenge stopper. Unknow maker, probably made pre-WWII.

I have included this non-Whitefriars decanter here because I see them around quite often and they are regularly described as Whitefriars. I must say they are very similar to the Whitefriars decanters, but I don't think they are. I have taken advice and no one else thinks they are either.

I would like the thank the members of the Facebook page A Whitefriars Collectors Group for their valuable assistance with this decanter.

Height: 7.5 inches

Width: 4 inches

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