Decanter

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

ca. 1815

GUSN

GUSN-45573

Description

Round bodied, long shouldered decanter with stopper.

Details

Descriptive Terms

decanters
glass (material)
Vessel, Drink Serving
Decanter
Glass
Decanter

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.

Additional Identification Number

1954.11

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels

Dimensions

10 3/8 (H), 13 13/16 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Sarah Norton McCullogh

Accession Number

1954.11AB