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Decanter

1954.12AB (RS32626)

Description

Round-bodied, long shouldered decanter with stopper. Etched patriotic design.

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
1800-1825
Material
engraving (action)
glass (material)
mold-blown glass
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Descriptive terms
Decanter
decanters
engraving (action)
glass (material)
mold-blown glass
Vessel, Drink Serving
Dimensions
10 3/8 (H), 13 13/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1954.12AB
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Sarah Norton McCullogh
GUSN
45575

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