The invoices among George Washington's papers suggest he was frequently in need of new decanters to replace damaged ones and to offer a generous choice of beverages to his guests. Washington likely filled them with the imported wines he favored - madeira, claret, and port - as well as punch and cordials, beer, and domestically distilled liquors. His guests, serving themselves from decanters set about the dining table, no doubt admired their elegant cut and engraved decoration set off by the amber, gold, and crimson liquids within.


Taper decanter of nearly colorless glass with blue-green tint; octagonal cut lip, diamond-cut (scaled) neck, and finger bottom; upper body ornamented with a tulip band comprised of a succession of small cut oval olives and engraved tulips over a narrow line; polished pontil.

Pinched target stopper with ground neck.


1770 - 1780





Overall (A: decanter): 7 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (19.05 cm x 8.26 cm x 8.26 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Alice M. Longfellow, Vice Regent for Massachusetts, 1925

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