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Cut crystal decanter

This stunning cut crystal decanter features three 16-point stars surrounded by deeply cut miters, fans, and geometrics; a 16-point flower petal on the bottom; and a graceful neck that is rounded in back and faceted in front, rising to the turned pouring spout. Two sets of triple horizontal cuts grace the five neck facets, and the middle three facets are edged with tiny zipper cuts. The elegant applied handle contains a double row of circular thumbprint notches. The stopper is heavily faceted and prismatic. It contains two rather attractive little air bubbles in its bottom portion and is etched “20" on its bottom. This decanter stands 11-3/4" tall when stoppered, with diameters of 5" at its widest point and 3-1/2" at its base. It is unmarked, but of superior quality. There is one minute flea bite on the handle and usage roughness at the bottom of the stopper. The interior bottom surface is somewhat cloudy from usage, but this can only be seen when viewing the decanter from the bottom. Otherwise perfect condition with no chips, nicks, cracks, or scratches. An absolutely outstanding piece to add to your collection or give as a very special gift. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $110.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Set of 4 Gay Fad “Gay Nineties” decanters

This is a set of 4 Gay Fad “Gay Nineties” decanters first introduced in 1951. The front panel of each of these 7-1/4" tall (9-1/4" tall with stoppers) x 3-1/4" square decanters features one of the myriad of full-color designs in the Gay Nineties series and each design is different. The Bourbon decanter depicts a man and woman doing a high-stepping vaudeville act. The Scotch decanter depicts a piano player pounding the keys of his old upright piano with so much gusto that he’s sent his foaming mug of beer flying into the air. The Vodka decanter depicts two members of a barbershop quartet singing from a book of “Old Songs” beneath a hanging gas lantern. The Gin decanter depicts a couple out for a ride in their surrey with the fringe on top. All designs have the GF logo underneath and are on a white background, the Scotch decanter being a slightly different shade of white. Clear glass unmarked bottoms and large clear glass stoppers with attached corks that look to be replacements. Their condition is far too pristine for them to be over 50 years old! All four decanters are in superb vintage condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks, but an occasional tiny scratch here and there and the lettering on the Vodka decanter has some fading. They require hand washing to preserve the paint and the finish. As the 1954 Gay Fad catalog said, “Add zest to your party menu with these gay and bright visitors from ‘the good old days.’ Smile-provoking, entertaining, these popular Gay Nineties decorations will delight your guests with memories as nostalgic as the family album.” (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $120.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

Gay Fad “Gay Nineties” Gin decanter

The front of this square frosted Gin decanter features Gay Fad’s blonde “Gay Nineties” can-can dancer in a strikingly oo-la-la pose! With her back turned to the audience and her red and black polka dotted skirt (trimmed in what sure looks like white fur) flying, her green panties and stockings are clearly and deliberately visible! Who said the Victorian Era was staid?? Decanter is 3-1/4" square with mitered corners and stands 7" tall, rising to 9" when stoppered. Side, back, and bottom  panels are of textured glass with a diamond-patterned diamond shape in the middle surrounded by a diagonal stripe pattern. Large globe stopper is also diamond-patterned. Neck, sloping shoulder, front panel, and mitered corners are unpatterned glass. Front panel is inscribed “4/5 QUART” underneath the can-can dancer. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, color loss, or damage to the stopper’s cork sheath. Requires hand washing to preserve the paint. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Set of 4 Gay Fad “Bartender” decanters

What a find! A complete set of Gay Fad’s Bartender decanters first introduced in 1953! The front panels of these 7" tall (9" tall with stoppers)  x 3-1/4" square decanters feature a beleaguered bartender attempting to serve drinks while being harassed by a pesky fly. Each one is different. On the Gin decanter, he’s holding three foaming mugs of beer in each hand while the fly buzzes around his head. On the Rye decanter, the fly has landed on his tray, tipping over the cocktail glass and causing him to also drop the bottle in his other hand. On the Scotch decanter, the fly has landed on his nose, again causing him to overturn a tray full of cocktail glasses, but at least the bottle in his other hand is still safe. On the Bourbon decanter, a cat joins the destructive fun by tripping him while the fly attacks one of the glasses on his tray. As Gay Fad’s ad in the July 1953 issue of Gift and Art Buyer says, the bartender is “a happy, carefree gent with a special knack for being the ‘laugh of the bar-ty!’” Colors are red, yellow, and black on a completely frosted background. Sides, backs, and bottoms have a quilted diamonds pattern surrounded by diagonal “stripes,” while their front panels, mitered corners, and tops are unpatterned. Large 2-1/4" diameter stoppers are clear glass and completely covered in the quilted diamonds pattern. All four decanters are in superb vintage condition and look like they’ve never been used. There are no nicks, chips, cracks, scratching, or paint loss. Require hand washing to preserve the finish and paint. All stoppers fit snugly, although the cork casing on one of them is disintegrating with age. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $120.00 for the set + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

Gay Fad “Golden Eagle” decanter

This is a signed Gay Fad “Golden Eagle” decanter, a design introduced via a Gay Fad ad in the February, 1957 issue of Gift and Art Buyer. The ad copy reads: “Golden Eagle in all its splendor spreads its wings to decorate Gay Fad’s new barware for the discriminating customer who is seeking something to please while style trends come and go. This classic theme is interpreted in satin white with shiny and embossed 24K gold.” Classic indeed! This is America’s national bird in all his gold-on-gold glory surrounded by numerous gold stars. (The satin white refers to the vertical stripes on the coordinating tumblers and double shot glasses.) Decanter measures 3-1/8" x 3-1/8" and stands 7-1/4" tall, rising to 9-1/4" when stoppered with its large trapezoidal stopper containing a large gold script “W”. The Gay Fad signature appears on both the front and back. Mottled gold encircles the neck and spout. Excellent condition with no chips, nicks, or cracks, and only slight wear to a few of the stars. Cork is dry and cracked and needs to be replaced, not surprising considering that it’s nearly 60 years old! As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. This decanter requires hand washing. Putting it in the dishwasher will ruin the gold paint. Be sure to see our set of 8 Golden Eagle tumblers and set of 8 Golden Eagle double shot glasses, too! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Crystal decanter with amethyst flashed neck

This attractive vintage pressed glass decanter stands 12-1/4" tall when stoppered. The 1-7/8" diameter flared mouth curves inward to the amethyst flashed neck and back out to a diamond quilted circular shoulder before assuming a ribbed oval shaped body that tapers outward to 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" before curving back in to a 3-1/4" x 3-3/4" base. The body design is that of a theater curtain that drapes open on the front and back, presumably leaving space for a paper label. The top of the large glass stopper is a scalloped octagon shape with a large starburst or flower petal design in its center. The stopper no longer fits snugly, having long since lost whatever cork or plastic piece held it securely in place. Decanter bottom is marked with two rows of numbers, “58 57" and “R-705", with an I in a circle on the left and a 6 on the right. Around these are the words “Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle”. Oops! Other than the insecure stopper, this piece is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Amber art glass swirl pattern decanter

This large vintage amber art glass decanter has both an interesting shape and an interesting pattern. It stands 9" high without stopper and measures 6-1/2" across when viewed from the front, but less than 2-1/4" across when viewed from the side. The circular mouth has an outside diameter of 1-1/2" and the oval base measures not quite 2" x not quite 4". The pattern is wavy, giving the impression of leaping flames, especially when the stopper, which itself looks like a flame tip, is in place. The piece stands 14" high when stoppered, and would be taller had the tip of the stopper not been sheared off in a long ago accident that also produced a long curved hairline crack on both the front and back of the decanter right below the neck. No other damage, but plenty of air bubbles in the glass. Still makes an impressive display piece. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Vintage I W Harper decanter

This is a vintage I W Harper clear glass decanter with original cork and metal pour spout. It stands 11" high, rising to 12-1/2" tall when stoppered. It is marked “I W Harper” at the base of its neck. The mouth lip is a 2" flared square with concave scalloped corners. Diameters are 3-1/2" at the widest point and 3" at the base, which is deeply concave and bears the numbers 0-9, 67, 55, and 7, as well as the 2-line warning “Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle”. However, the top line of text has all but worn away, so I guess I’m okay selling this piece as long as I don’t reuse it! (And we won’t tell if you do!) The decanter’s lower edge is decorated with four teardrop impressions, one of which has a long raised dimple at its upper edge. The opposite side has a fairly deep rather rectangular impression that looks to be deliberate, not a flaw. No chips or cracks, but two small scratches about half way down the exterior. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Pair of Brevettato green glass decanters

This is a pair of emerald green glass jug decanters that stand 8-3/4" tall and measure 1-3/4" across at the spout, with diameters of 4-1/2" at the widest point and 4" at the base. The handles are unusual in that they are attached only at their tops. The bottoms of the decanters have a beaded or zippered rim and are marked Brevettato, which I believe is a glass works in Bologna, Italy. They also carry a VE diphthong with an A underneath. I’m assuming these were originally wine decanters that probably had cork stoppers which have long since become lost. One of these decanters is in absolutely perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. The other has only some minor chipping at one portion of its mouth. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 pair available

 

Green glass decanter or vase

I don’t know whether this pretty emerald green glass piece is a decanter or a vase, but it could be used for either purpose. It is gracefully shaped and stands 7-1/4" tall with diameters of 2-1/4" at its scalloped mouth, 3-1/4" at its widest point, and 2-1/2" at its base. Based on its bottom markings of a VE diphthong followed by an A, plus bottom beaded or zippered rim, I’d say it goes with our two Brevettato decanters listed immediately above, even though it’s not marked with that name. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Smoked glass decanter

This tall, sleek glass decanter is a lovely deep smoky gray color. It stands 10" tall, rising to 13-1/4" including stopper, with diameters of 2" at the mouth, 3-1/2"  at widest point, and 3" at the base. No mold marks, so I’m assuming it’s blown glass. Stopper has a deco look about it, contains several attractive air bubbles, and is rough and uneven at its bottom, but this in no way affects its snug fit into the bottle. Decanter itself is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. No manufacturer markings. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Set of 4 Wade Royal Victoria decanters

This is a set of four waaay vintage pottery keg-style decanters for Rum, Gin, Sherry, and Scotch. All have a rectangular design on the front with what is apparently the Gilbey logo, all have goldtone turn-screw spigots, also with the Gilbey logo, all have white plastic pull-off caps that also screw open to reveal the white piece underneath with attached cork, and all are marked “W & A Gilbey Limited, Wine Shippers & Distillers since 1857” on their backs and “Royal Victoria Pottery, Wade England” on their bottoms. The Rum decanter has orange and gold banding and a dark green rectangular design on a “craze” background. It was obviously designed to look that way because the decanter is not crazed and the design is under the glaze. Its cork top is intact and there’s a protective plastic cap over its spigot hole. The Gin decanter has blue and gold banding and a gray rectangular design on a white background. Its cap pulls off, but the cork has become disattached and is stuck in the opening. There’s a protective plastic cap over its spigot hole, and the spigot is dark with age and has some rub spots. The Sherry decanter has green and gold banding and a brown rectangular design on a pebbly background. Its cap does not pull off but screws open to reveal the underneath white piece with attached cork that is stuck in the opening. There’s a protective plastic cap over its spigot hole, and the spigot is dark with age and has some rub spots. The Scotch decanter has red and gold banding and a brown rectangular design on a mottled background. Its cap screws freely, but we have made no attempt to remove it since it is covered by the original paper seal that has the Gilbey logo on top and says “W & A Gilbey Ltd, London NW1” on one side and “Produce of Scotland” on the other. Since all the decanters are empty, but this one still retains its original seal, it’s a good indication of just how old these decanters must be for a full bottle of Scotch to evaporate over time! No cap on its spigot hole.

W.A. Gilbey Limited of England started as a partnership in 1857 and is still managed today by descendants of the original partners, brothers Walter and Alfred Gilbey. Henry and Charles Gold, also brothers, later joined the company, and both of them subsequently married Gilbey sisters. Still later, Henry and James Blyth, two sons of the oldest Gilbey sister Caroline, joined the company, followed in 1865 by the older Gilbey brother Henry and a cousin, Henry Grinling. Thus by 1866 the partnership consisted of eight men: three Gilbeys, two Golds, two Blyths and one Grinling. The business flourished, opened several additional distilleries in England, and  ultimately expanded into Canada in 1933, opening W & A Gilbey (Canada) Limited.

George Wade (1864-1938) founded the Wade Pottery in Burslem, England, in the late 1800's. His son, George Albert Wade, joined the company in 1905, right after George, Sr. bought the Manchester pottery of his old rival, Henry Hallen. After the First World War, George Albert, now a major, became a full partner and the pottery’s name was changed to George Wade and Son, Ltd. The company expanded again in 1933 when George Albert Wade became chairman of the Wade Heath & Co Ltd. Royal Victoria Works and the A.J. Wade Ltd. Flaxman Pottery. In 1958, the entire group of Wade potteries were combined into one company, known for its industrial ceramics and giftware, including goblets, vases, tankards, jugs, pots, ashtrays, pictures, and wall plaques. George Albert Wade died in 1986 and today the company continues to be run by his son Tony.

Our decanters stand 6-1/4" tall and are 5" wide x 3-1/4" deep, measuring 4" front to back at the spigots. They have no nicks, chips, cracks, or crazing and make wonderful display pieces in their present vintage condition, but could be fully usable with replacement corks. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $80.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 set available

 

Wade Royal Victoria sherry decanter

This vintage Sherry decanter is the exact same size and shape as our 4-piece decanter set listed immediately above. It. has green and gold banding and a brown rectangular design on a mottled background. Its top does not pull out but screws open to reveal the underneath white piece with attached cork that is stuck in the opening. No cap on its spigot hole and a chip on the back in the green band. Marked “W & A Gilbey Limited, Wine Shippers & Distillers since 1857” on the back and “Royal Victoria Pottery, Wade England” on the bottom. No nicks, cracks, crazing, or chips except the one noted above. Makes a great display piece in its present vintage condition and could be fully usable with a replacement cork. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Blown amethyst glass decanter

This blown amethyst glass “genie bottle” decanter stands 11-1/2" tall, rising to 14" tall when stoppered, with diameters of 1-1/2" at its exterior mouth, 4" at its widest point, and 2-3/4" at its two-toned base that has a rough pontil on the underside. Ol’ Swaphos remembers buying this unmarked piece new in the mid-50's, at which time it was heavily gilded in silver. The silver has worn away over the decades, giving what patterning remains the present day appearance of etching that’s not at all unattractive. The glass itself is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratching. One air bubble. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Set of 3 vintage whiskey decanters

This is a fabulous set of three vintage whiskey decanters designated for scotch, bourbon, and gin respectively. The detailing and colors of the three “Scottish guard” figures in full regalia is downright amazing! Made of white china, each decanter also features gold bands around its bottom, shoulder, and double spouted mouth. Decanters stand 9-1/4” tall when lidded and are 3" square. Original 1-1/2” diameter brass colored metal lids, which have developed a nice patina over the decades, pull off to reveal corks inside. Although the corks are obviously old and hard, all still fit snugly. The glue has failed on two of them and they have become disattached from their lids. The top of one cork has also become disattached from its body. Other than some wear to the gilding, all three decanters are in excellent condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. The scotch and bourbon decanters are unmarked on their bottoms, while the gin decanter carries the numbers 8965. Whether you actually use them or merely display them, these wonderful old decanters would be a great addition to your bar! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $120.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

Pair of amber glass thumbprint decanters

This is a pair of attractive amber glass decanters decorated with nine large (nearly 2" diameter) thumbprints that produce a wavy profile. Decanters stand 7" tall, rising to 9-1/2” when stoppered. The tops of the 2-5/8” diameter stoppers have four smaller thumbprints, plus nine more that encircle their sides. Stopper bottoms are encased in ribbed plastic for very secure fits. Decanter diameters are 1-5/8” at the mouth and not quite 4" at the shoulder and base. Bottoms are marked “Made in Taiwan”. Both are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches, but lots of delightful air bubbles in the glass. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 pair available

 

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