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Decanters and Serving Bottles

Quite often, we are asked the question what is the difference between an antique decanter and an antique serving bottle? The differences are only in their shape and design. Antique serving bottles tend to be taller and narrower in shape compared to the decanter. Also, the serving bottles were produced around circa 1850 while decanters go back to the late 17th century. If you enjoy red wine on a regular basis, then using a clear decanter or serving bottle is a great idea.

The decanter that most people are accustomed to, is the classic shape decanter with three neck rings. The earliest version (circa 1820) is a plain bulbous bottle with three neck rings and is fitted with a bullseye stopper. The slightly later version (circa 1830 see Decanter listed below) has a similar shape but is cut with narrow basal flutes with three neck rings and is fitted with a cut mushroom stopper.

Antique Irish Decanter


Decanters have come in many shapes and designs over the years. They were traditionally either made from glass or crystal. Decanters would be filled with wine and brought to the table where they could be easily handled by a single servant. They usually hold the …

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Antique Amber Serving Bottle


A wonderful Antique English Victorian 19th Century amber colored glass Serving Bottle. It has a panel cut design and shaped sides and has its original spire stopper. Both the serving bottle and the stopper are a lovely dark shade of amber. This lovely 19th Century …

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