Posted 10 years ago
Another item that has mystified me for some time.
I bought it on ebay a few years back.
It looks Italian but I am not sure. The base has a ground pontil and the entire body was frosted nearly to the rim. The rim has been silvered and the top of the stopper has been silvered too.
I like the fact that you can see the bottom of the stopper through the clear glass.
In the "foro" (or hole) a ring of silver has been placed on the inside rim. Inside the ring an oval piece of amber has been suspended, it too surrounded in silver.
I'd be really grateful to hear any suggestions about its origins and your comments.
The whole process of putting silver on glass remains a mystery to me.
I know decanters are unpopular these days but I think they are still useful items, even though I've cut down considerably on the liqueurs and fortified wines. Old age is getting the better of me .....