Posted 10 years ago
Decanters seem to be totally out of fashion these days. But I've always been out for a good piece of glass at a bargain price. This was another thrift shop find twenty years ago.
For years I had thought that this was an Italian decanter because of the tooling. Then I came across the Whitefriars site for collectors and checked through their early Victorian glass. What I found was the stopper, amid a group of decanters from the late nineteenth century. This decanter is a variant of these, I suppose.
The stopper is blown too with a trapped air bubble in the "cork' section. The top part of the stopper is hollow, has dimples and striations to a tooled finial. It is numbered and that number matches the decanter's number. The stopper reflects the design of the decanter below. The body has a high shoulder and sits on a foot with a ground pontil.
I love the double rings on the neck which are tooled as well.
I think it might be a design by Harry Powell.
Thanks now must go to lovedecanters here on CW. He has told me that it is indeed a Whitefriars decanter: "Good news, I now quite certain that this is Whitefriars. I went to the Museum of London a couple of weeks ago and they have quite a big collection of Whitefriars glass and in amongst the Whitefriars glasses was a tumbler that goes with this decanter. I bought my decanters and glasses at auction in a single lot back in the 90s so am fairly certain they are together. In addition to this I was looking through a booklet called Decanters 1760-1930 by David Leigh and hey presto there it is. David Leigh seems quite cautious about attributing things, using the words possibly and probably quite a lot, but he was definite this is Whitefriars. Due to the way he has worded the attribution of makers in the book I think he must have some source material in order to make this attribution. Whitefriars, go for it."
I am happy to know that it is Whitefriars.
The firm of James Powell and Sons, also known as Whitefriars Glass, were English glassmakers, leadlighters and stained glass window manufacturers.