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Posted 5 years ago


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Let's face it: when it comes to Czech glass, the more specialized the collection the more diverse it becomes. I have always liked functional glass in working condition. It has taken me quite a while to get the barrel sets above.

They can confidently be traced to the Butler Brothers ' 1920's and 30' massive importation of Czech glass as documented in their period catalogs. where they appear as "Fancy Beverage Sets" together with "Egg" decanter sets ( See pp. 81-89 of Czechoslovakian Glass and Collectibles II, by Dale & Diane Barta & Helen Rose, an indispensable Czech ID research tool)

However, it is quite difficult to find them in optimum condition. Some have lost their spouts, stoppers, trays and even the hooks to hang the tiny accompanying shot glasses. Some have loose metal fittings. Some are marked (always on the underside of the back ring); others are not. But no collection of Czech glass would be complete without them. I also liked the simple wood stand that came with it.

I already had two damaged ones when I found the large sized one with 4 glasses, its corresponding ;provenance mark, stopper and spout in place. It measures 10" to the top of the handle. The handle was loose, but I had it repaired, I was so taken with it that I made the centerpiece of my Tango "exhibit".

But I always believe in Noah's law of glass collecting: two of each kind.
I had gotten rid of the defective ones, so I set out to find a second one.
Much simpler, unmarked, but with an interesting feature: a cork carved to fit. 6.5 tall and 7" long, it was not meant to carry attached shot glasses--no hooks on the metal frame. I also liked the simple wood stand that came with it. Both pieces are enameled.

Now I am waiting for a Palda Duck decanter . . . .


  1. Dan121156 Dan121156, 5 years ago
    Interesting.. :-) .. I like the glass Keg... Thanks for sharing.. But I am going to ask the dumb question... What was the typical beverage that was served?
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    By the size of the shot glasses that go with most Egg or Barrel decanters, I'd say some flavored schnapps or aquavit. Thanks to all the folks who have liked my barrels!

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