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Offline chriscooper

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Millefiori decanter whitefriars / Old English maybe
« on: January 29, 2015, 07:48:51 PM »
Not my photos someone asked if this could be Whitefriars I thought maybe Richardsons ?
Any thoughts or opinions welcomed.

Thanks Chris


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Re: Millefiori decanter whitefriars / Old English maybe
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2015, 10:04:19 PM »
These are my pics and thanks to Chris for helping g me in regards to this.


Offline Tony G

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Re: Millefiori decanter whitefriars / Old English maybe
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2015, 11:15:39 PM »
Hi,
        all my instincts say that that stopper was made at Whitefriars. I have matched those canes with canes in Whitefriars paperweights from the late 60s and early 70s. However the stock spirit decanter with a millefiori stopper CM637 didn't appear in the catalogues until 1972 when the Whitefriar date cane was well established and appears in decanter stoppers (probably because there is no millefiori in the base of the decanter). Also it was facetted 5+1.

Your stopper looks a lot more like an Ink bottle stopper which of course, had been made for many years before the millefiori decanters appeared. All my ink bottle stoppers do not have a Whitefriar cane in them as the Whitefriar cane appears in the millefiori base. The ink bottle stoppers are round (like a plain cut paperweight) as this one. Plus I do not recognise the cut on that decanter. It does not have the look of Whitefriars.

It would be good to know the dimensions of the stopper as that would settle whether it is an ink bottle stopper that has been made to fit a decanter or if it was always designed for this or another decanter. However my guess would be that it is a Whitefriars ink bottle stopper fitted to a gash decanter.

cheers,


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Re: Millefiori decanter whitefriars / Old English maybe
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2015, 03:57:59 PM »
Hi and thanks for the reply Tony, the stopper is 3.5" high and just a little over 2.5" at the widest point. Hope that this helps?


Offline Tony G

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Re: Millefiori decanter whitefriars / Old English maybe
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2015, 04:22:29 PM »
Hi Andy,
               that is definitely NOT an ink bottle stopper. It is the same general length as a decanter stopper and looks to have a large diameter plug. The width is slightly down on the CM637 facetted decanter stopper and a fraction up on the ink bottle stoppers.

My revised theory is now :-  It was made as a decanter stopper and so probably (but not definitely) for this decanter. It is a Whitefriars stopper made before 1970 by someone at the factory familiar with ink bottle stoppers but made as a one-off for this decanter.

A nice one to keep but also nice in a Whitefriars collection !!!

Cheers,


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Re: Millefiori decanter whitefriars / Old English maybe
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2015, 06:45:10 PM »
Hi Tony, thanks for the reply.

 In regards to the stopper it has not been ground as per some of the other decanters that I have, It fits the decanter perfectly.


 

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