- yes, I could have passed it by - but three reasons for not doing so, which I feel justify my purchase.
1.............. The charity shop benefited from my tenner - after all, I bought it because I know something of it's attribution, and thus its interest. Other people would ignore it precisly because of the lack of stopper - thus it would remain in the shop, and eventually be thrown away, meaning the charity loses out on my contribution.
2.............. I'm a great believer - if I can't have the whole item - of having at least the major part from which I can learn something of the piece, and since I don't sell on (well, almost never
) I don't have the concern that this is a non-commercial piece of glass.
3...............There is always the million to one chance that I'll find the right stopper - very remote I'd agree, but nonetheless a possibility - and I travel in hope always.
So for me, it's a bargain - not perhaps in an ebay sellers financial sense, but a bargain in that I can possess something of interest without too much expense - perhaps we shouldn't always value pieces in terms of money. The irony is that I have decanters that are two hundred years old with their matching stoppers, yet now have this example plus a Webb's 'Ribbonette' also without its stopper (which being an even older pattern means I probably stand a zero chance of finding that stopper), so that's at least two in limbo.
However, would agree with you that it's not a good habit to get into - buying incomplete decanters - at the least it must indicate to all my admirers that I'm buying at the tacky end of the market, or even worse I need to go to spec savers.
P.S. good idea re the carafe tho.