Antique flint glass decanter in the Baroque style and attributed to the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, Sandwich, Massachusetts (see all Photos). This example will hold about one quart in the portion below the neck band and was blown in a three-piece mold in the 1825 to 1835 period. Although the original name of this pattern is unknown, many collectors call it the shell and rib pattern or Decanter Type G V-8 after the seminal study completed by George McKearin and Helen McKearin under their treatise ‘American Glass’ published by Crown Publishers, New York (see pages 259, 297, 271-272; also Plate 116). Other examples are illustrated in Arlene Palmer’s book ‘Glass in Early America, page 146 (published in 1993 by Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, see Specimen 103), and Raymond E. Barlow and Joan Kaiser’s ‘A Guide to Sandwich Glass: Blown Tableware, Pressed Cup Plates and Salts’ under Entry #1334 (published in 1993 jointly by Schiffer Publishing Ltd and Barlow-Kaiser Publishing Company, Inc.).
There are some important features that help attribute this decanter to Sandwich that include its flattened wide pouring lip (see Photo 3 and 7), open ring pontil scar in the middle of a plain base (see Photos 5 and 8), and high relief detailing of the ribbing (see Photos 2 and 4). Of further interest to early American glass historians is the fact that the metal (glass) used in this decanter is full of very tiny air bubbles suggesting that it may have been produced at the earlier end of the time bracket or received poor supervision and oversight). Most of these bubbles are too small to see from just 2 feet back, but do appear on the wide pouring lip as tiny dots of reflected light when viewed up close (see Photo 7).
The inside of the neck is ground to help seat a glass stopper. The current stopper shown in Photos 3 and 6 while compatible is not the original stopper. The original stopper is was ball shaped with 12 molded ribs in low relief and examples are shown in Palmer’s book ‘Glass in Early America, page 146 (published in 1993 by Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, see Specimen 103), and Raymond E. Barlow and Joan Kaiser’s ‘A Guide to Sandwich Glass: Blown Tableware, Pressed Cup Plates and Salts under Entry #1334 (published in 1993 jointly by Schiffer Publishing Ltd and Barlow-Kaiser Publishing Company, Inc; see also Maine Coastal Rock photo, December, 1977 for a beautiful setting and the perfect day). The current stopper is composed of flint glass (clear lead crystal) hand blown into a ten petal press mold, has a larger internal bubble, is expertly ground and polished, and likely dates from the late 1800s (see Photos 3 and 5).
The last Photo (Photo #9) shows the decanter listed for sale here flanked by four other items that are not for sale at this time. The only item for purchase here is the ribbed decanter shown all by itself in the first eight Photos. The other items in the last photo are shown for comparison only and are not for sale at this time. In Photo 9, the three other items when excluding the Gothic decanter discussed in detail above are as follows when taken from left to right: a small three ring and cut flint glass decanter with original mushroom stopper (c1810), a tall rectangular hand blown bottle decanter with small lightly slice cut chain decoration running across its shoulder and partway down its sides (pontil on base and blown German half post double gather method; late 1700s), an amethyst purple hand blown lead glass pitcher (reproduction by the Pairpoint Glass company, c1970s), and a shorter hand blown bottle with pontil also produced by the German half post method (early 1800s or older).
So if you are looking for a nice antique American glass decanter produced at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in the mid 1820s, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. It has no chips or cracks and very little haziness with just some slight milkiness in the lower most 1 inch of the interior side of the ribbing cavities along the base. And as always, this decanter also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to request a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This decanter stands about 8 3/8 inches tall along its wide pouring lip or 9 1/2 inches with the stopper set in place as shown in Photo #1 (or 10 1/4 inches with the stopper held in place using a rubber band to make it taller, not shown in any Photo). The maximum diameter is about 4 13/16 measures where the ribs protrude and the base has a slightly constricted diameter of about 4 3/8 inches. The decanter with stopper in place weighs just over 1 1/2 lbs empty. This ground neck has an inner mouth diameter of about 3/4 inches. The stopper is perfect with no damage or major scratches and the decanter is in very good condition with no major defects and no chips, hairlines, major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. The only haziness from centuries of use is some patchy slight milkiness in the lower most 3/4 inches on the inside bottom (see Photos 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8). Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this antique item for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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