This unique Hand Blown Glass Decanter is a reproduction of a glass decanter design from the 1790s. This 18th-century reproduction bottle features a 10-sided base with three rings at the neck and a glass stopper. Use this blue glass decanter to hold and serve your favorite bourbon or whiskey, or even as an elevated way to serve water to guests or refresh yourself at your next re-enactment event. This versatile piece is fabricated by master glass blower Phil Gilson in Lawrenceville, Virginia, using 18th-century techniques. Makes a memorable gift for any lover of fine spirits and history.
- Measures approximately 8.75" tall and 5" diameter
- 20 oz. capacity
- Hand-made in the USA
- Historically accurate 18th-century reproduction glass decanter
About the Artist
Phil Gilson might be the last colonial American-style glassblower working full-time in the traditions developed in the 18th Century. A cousin of the Wistars, owners of America's first successful glass operation, Gilson's craft is not only a passion but a family legacy since the 1730s.
Gilson focuses most of his work on producing and perpetuating designs for historic homes, museums, schools, and the living history and re-enacting community. He makes many pieces using original molds and hand tools handed down for generations.
Gilson is the last of two known master chippers in the country. Chipping is the trade of carving directly into cast-iron glass molds to re-create embossed bottles and flasks of the past. The custom carvings enable Gilson to produce modern commemorative interpretations by placing interchangeable inserts in antique molds.
His work includes custom free-blown, pressed glass, and dip-molded pieces. All of his work is made in well-documented historical bottle-glass colors.
Early American Life magazine's esteemed directory of Traditional American Crafts includes Phil Gilson as a member.