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Decanter

1954.11AB (RS32581)

Description

Round bodied, long shouldered decanter with stopper.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Irish glass was imported to America in huge quantities in the early years of the nineteenth century. This pair, with symbols of the new nation-an emblazoned eagle underneath a banner of “Liberty” on one side, and on the other, a banner with the misspelled motto, “American Independance”-would have been extremely fashionable. The decanters are initialed “N. G.” for Nancy Gay (1791-1873), of Gay's Island, Cushing, Maine. Located on the St. George River, Cushing was not quite the back of beyond in the early nineteenth century. Still, the area had few connections to the style centers that would account for the presence of goods as fashionable as these decanters.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1815
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Descriptive terms
Decanter
decanters
Glass
glass (material)
Vessel, Drink Serving
Dimensions
10 3/8 (H), 13 13/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1954.11AB
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Sarah Norton McCullogh
GUSN
45573

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