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Post by 22 Crawford St. February 20th 2022, 4:50 pm

So I'm going to add decanters to the 'completely out of fashion' list along with long case clocks.

I know why they were used = as in the past (distant past) wine would have a lot more sediment but most people would today think why are you putting that nice wine into that dirty old xxxx.

Does anyone ever use a decanter?

Sorry - there is the label thing also. If you decant a bottle of whiskey or wine then it becomes anonymous, if a guest askes about it then you have to get the bottle out of the bin, looks like you are hiding something. Would you drink beer out of a anonymous clear bottle?
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Post by denbydump February 20th 2022, 5:16 pm

As for being actually used, no, but as for design yes.
Georgian/ Victiorian ones are out of fashion now, despite them being well made
cut crytstal etc.
Many 20thC glass designers made fantastic decanters, now collectable as classics.

I have a couple of these:

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t29678-flavio-poli-decanter
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Post by 22 Crawford St. February 20th 2022, 5:41 pm

That's like having a clock that you don't wind
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Post by NaomiM February 20th 2022, 5:47 pm

I like decanters and have a few, but now they're pretty much unsalable, even Georgian ones, there doesn't seem much point in collecting them.

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Post by studio-pots February 20th 2022, 6:07 pm

They are the "salt pigs" of the glass world....... except some are quite pleasant to look at.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. February 20th 2022, 7:08 pm

...but not to use

lets add 'button hooks' also
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Post by croker February 20th 2022, 9:42 pm

Agreed most plain glass Georgian or Victorian decanters are not wanted these days apart from filling with coloured liquids and placing on a bathroom sill but there is still a good market for examples from Liberty and co, W M F, guild of handicrafts etc also silver mounted claret jugs. It's also not wise to fill old decanters with alcohol due the high lead content in some of the the glass.
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Post by philpot February 23rd 2022, 4:55 am

Do things ever come back into fashion?
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Post by croker February 23rd 2022, 11:01 am

can't think of much Philpot except maybe the Gin craze,, everybody i know is drinking the bloody stuff.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. February 23rd 2022, 6:15 pm

I have to say fireplaces, if the cost of electric/gas doubles or trebles then good old coal (and logs) will look like a valid alternative almost overnight. Fireplaces could make a big comeback. No longer jut for Sunday afternoon whilst the roast is cooking and Zulu is on the TV
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