Did one of America's Founding Fathers pour a drink from this decanter? It's entirely possible, as this superb example of early American glass was made between 1790 - 1830 in Philadelphia. It is a piece of history from one of the most, if not the most, historic eras in America.
Commonly called an Early American or Georgian decanter, this barrel shape decanter has a cut mushroom stopper, wide lip, 3 plain neck rings, broad shoulder flutes, an arcaded band of strawberry-diamond-fan cuts around the lower middle, and basal vertical flutes. The base is cut with oval mitres matching the mitre cuts on the top of the stopper. It is 10" tall to the top of the stopper and has a base diameter of 3 1/2". It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks to the stopper or to the bottle, one very faint tiny scratch on the body. The glass is beautifully clear with no cloudiness. The base shows age appropriate shelf wear, highlighted in our black and white photo to show detail.
Our final photo shows a pitcher with identical cutting taken from Dorothy Daniel's book "Cut & Engraved Glass 1771-1905" which is authenticated as having been made by the Elliott Glass manufactory of Philadelphia and which is housed in the D.A.R. museum. We believe the decanter may also be from this glass house.
If you are a collector of cut glass from the earliest American period, you will want to add this piece to your collection.
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