A Large Georgian Spirit Decanter for a Heavy Drinker or For Use in a Pub!
A George II period, circa 1750, mid 18th century, large Dutch rectangular box section soda glass spirit decanter engraved on the front and back with tulips and on the sides with lily of the valley. The decanter is made of clear blown soda glass and has been formed by being mould blown in a dip or optic mould. The base has wear to the high points around the edges commensurate with an item of this age. It also has a rough or snapped pontil mark . There is some further decoration with line engraving and thumb cutting to the shoulders.
There is no stopper with this decanter and there would not have been, as the neck is not ground this indicates that this decanter was intended to be corked. The neck spigot for the cork has been inserted into the box blown moulded body. This type of construction is sometimes associated with glass produced in Northern England, however Dutch glass has many similarities across a range of forms.
It is in excellent condition, here are tooling marks and inclusions within the body. The shape of this decanter makes it quite sturdy they were often made to be used in public houses, taverns, inns or hotels. As it has a capacity of approximately 3 pints, a little more than needed for personal consumption!