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Pair of Flint Pressed Glass Decanters ca. 1850
These two decanters are a pair, or extremely close, given nineteenth century manufacturing vagaries. One has a slightly "gray" appearance (not discolored, just not as shiny as other), probably as a result of cooling time during manufacture, and the sizes are slightly different. Tooled top with applied ring. Both stoppers fit well, as long as they are in decanters they are ground for. Polished pontils.
The design is a "tulip" type, with a petal type base. Same design is also on corset-shape stoppers. Circa 1850.
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Size: Approximately 14.75" tall (with slight variation between the two), 4.25" base diameters.
Condition: Good. Clearer one has a chip on bottom of stopper, and roughness around rim of ground area to receive stopper (I think this is from manufacture, not use, as they appear to have tooled the neck thicker on this one.). Less "sparkling" one has two chips on base bottom (not readily apparent while setting). Both may have a few fleabites or nicks on projecting rims of pattern. In spite of my picky fault-finding, a nice pair of decanters.
In situations like this, I price the pair as if it were for just one, so you won't be disappointed.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, I would expect a return if I happen to miss anything.
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