This is a really interesting and rare antique Austrian decanter with very unique details and character.
As you can see, this footed decanter features a beautiful etched pattern of grape clusters and leaves on the face.
The laurel of vines surrounds an inscription at the center which reads "Nunc est bibendum": Latin for "now is the time to drink".
The phrase is in reference to a classic line from Latin poet Horace's "Odes".
The line, in its entirety, reads "Now is the time to drink, now the time to dance footloose upon the Earth".
As the etched inscription is very light colored, it's far easier to see in person than in the photos.
The decanter is topped with a cork which has some interesting decoration in and of itself.
You will notice that a drilled coin decorates the top of the cork.
The copper coin is actually an Austrian 1 Kreutzer dating from 1814. One side includes the inscription:
"Großherzogtum" above an elegant banner and the date "1814". The opposite side reads "1 Kreutzer" though some of the inscription is obscured by the hole in the center.
So, as you can tell, this is a truly unusual piece that will add a great deal of interest and character to your collection.
Though the decanter shows a very small amount of wear and a few immaterial flea-bite scratches here and there, it remains in excellent antique condition overall.
Measurements: Decanter measures 7" tall (8" tall with stopper), 3 7/8" at widest point and 1 1/2" deep, Base of foot is 2 3/4" in diameter Weight: 286.6 grams (10.12 oz)
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