A magnificent antique American Brilliant Period cut glass decanter with Gorham Sterling silver stopper. The sterling marks are Gorham and date the piece to 1900. The decanter's oval body is cut with alternating cut zippers and notches. The neck is paneled and cut with zippers as well. The applied handle is cut with diamonds and ovals and topped with a flattened cut thumb rest. The bottom is rayed. We do not see a maker's mark on the glass, but no doubt a fine cutting house such as Hawkes or Libbey would have produced such a fine piece and used high quality silver such as Gorham.
The glass is very clear and refracts light beautifully. There are no chips or cracks to the decanter, while the bottom edge of the stopper has a couple of tiny nicks, nothing that detracts from the beauty or quality of this piece. The stopper is marked with the number 15, as is the neck of the decanter, indicating that the stopper and decanter are matched. The sterling is decorated with baroque scrolls and flowers framing the initials BR.
Overall height to the top of the stopper is 9 1/2". Weight of the piece is 2 3/4 lbs.
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