Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Irish Decanter

In Bottles > Decanters > Show & Tell and Art Glass > British Art Glass > Show & Tell.
Irish Glass13 of 19Cork Dram GlassIrish Belfast Decanter
Love it
Like it

auraaura loves this.
peteypetey loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
GreatsnowyowlGreatsnowyowl loves this.
See 2 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 5 years ago


(236 items)

This is the wreck of an Irish decanter, circa 1820.

I went to Ireland on holiday last year and bought this from an antiques shop in the middle of no where, where this and another were gathering dust on top of a curtain pelmet. What is so cool about it is that it was traditionally repaired, probably 150 years ago, with a staple and metal band. These would have been applied hot and in contracting on cooling would have pulled tight. The idea being to stop the crack getting any bigger.

This same technique was also used for repairing broken pottery. It is not common to see this, as I expect most of the pieces repaired like this would have been thrown away. This is a piece of social history as it shows how people cared for what was originally an expensive piece of tableware.

Worth every penny of the £5 I paid for each of the decanters.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I totally agree. I actually see these repairs as attractive. Have you seen the Past Imperfect blog?
  2. lovedecanters lovedecanters, 5 years ago
    No, I hadn't seen that. Thanks for that, very interesting.

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.