Today’s object is a decanter. The widespread use of decanters dates to at least the Middle Ages, when wines and ales were stored in unwieldy wooden barrels, heavy stoneware bottles, and leather skins. For the upper classes, pouring or scooping directly from these bulk containers to one’s cup or goblet would be unacceptable, so decanters served the role as an intermediate delivery device. By the 17th century, blown-glass decanters, known as shaft-and-globes, had long necks and round, flattened bases, perfect for storage on cool, sandy cellar floors.

If you have information about this decanter that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 2000.022.1.

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