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George III Bristol Blue Glass Pair of Decanters Hollands Rum
  • George III Bristol Blue Glass Pair of Decanters Hollands Rum
  • George III Bristol Blue Glass Pair of Decanters Hollands Rum
  • George III Bristol Blue Glass Pair of Decanters Hollands Rum
  • George III Bristol Blue Glass Pair of Decanters Hollands Rum

George III Bristol Blue Glass Pair of Decanters Hollands Rum

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£400.00


Product Description

A pair of hand-blown Bristol cobalt blue glass decanters, dating from the reign of King George III.

The decanters are finely gilded with faux ‘Rum’ and ‘Hollands’ spirit labels hanging from their necks. Of elegant mallet form, they are finished with a gilded lozenge stopper.

The popularity of Gin in the British Isles is often credited to William III of Orange, who occupied the throne of Britain and Scotland during the Glorious Revolution of 1688. As such came the informal habit of referring to Gin as ‘Hollands’. It is unclear whether this decanter refers strictly to South Holland Gin or the better-known London Gin.

The capture of Jamaica by the Royal Navy in 1655 proved significant, as the abundant molasses it yielded allowed the previous ration of French Brandy to be replaced by the domestically produced Rum. Seemingly a shrewd move, as the best part of the next two centuries would be spent competing with France for control of the Seas. How different this struggle might have been, had British sailors relied on imported brandy for their courage.

Both decanters are in good condition, though the gilding has worn with time. The rum stopper has been restored.

Size (Rum): 23.2 x 7.5cm
Size (Hollands): 22.7 x 7.5cm
Weight: 652g

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