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Antique English Crystal Wine Spirits Liquor Decanter England circa 1875

A cut crystal antique English wine spirits decanter from England circa 1875 used for different liquors. This handsome decanter has a geometric cut pattern visible on all four sides used to refract the light that would hit each vessel and illuminate the contents. It's square shape is accentuated by each corner being a slight chamfer set at a forty-five degree angle that adds to the beauty of the cut crystal. Notice also that the base of each decanter is enhanced with the addition of multipoint star also chosen to capture and refract the light through the entire vessel. The reason why the lower section of each decanter is only slightly decorated is that originally these decanters sat within a table top cabinet known as a "tantalus". This was an open wooden or metal container that secured the decanters within its framework while allowing them to be visible or in other words "tantalizing". When liquor was an expensive commodity it was necessary for it to be under lock and key so it would not be pilfered just as tea was contained within locked "tea caddies". As time progressed and the cost went down the case was longer required so the decanters were left out in the open for general use. Besides storing and serving liquor many people now use these pieces as impromptu vases when setting a table or using them as candle sticks in an imaginative reuse of an antique.    

# EEJ140

DIMENSIONS

3.50" w x 3.50" d x 9.25" h

8.89cm w x 8.89cm d x 23.50cm h

$214.00

A cut crystal decanter from England c.1875 used for different liquors. This handsome decanter has a geometric cut pattern visible on all four sides used to refract the light that would hit each vessel and illuminate the contents. It's square shape is accentuated by each corner being a slight chamfer set at a forty-five degree angle that adds to the beauty of the cut crystal. Notice also that the base of each decanter is enhanced with the addition of multipoint star also chosen to capture and refract the light through the entire vessel. The reason why the lower section of each decanter is only slightly decorated is that originally these decanters sat within a table top cabinet known as a "tantalus". This was an open wooden or metal container that secured the decanters within its framework while allowing them to be visible or in other words "tantalizing". When liquor was an expensive commodity it was necessary for it to be under lock and key so it would not be pilfered just as tea was contained within locked "tea caddies". As time progressed and the cost went down the case was longer required so the decanters were left out in the open for general use. Besides storing and serving liquor many people now use these pieces as impromptu vases when setting a table or using them as candle sticks in an imaginative reuse of an antique.