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It was in the 1600s
when crystal decanters were first used for storing liquids like wine. While they were mainly used for storage and serving wine and spirits, early decanters also functioned as art objects, most of which are hand-blown and hand engraved to achieve elaborate beauty and design. In the 1800s
, the society’s elite and powerful had the privilege of using classic crystal decanters, which made them as status symbols just like precious jewelry. It was the practice of placing crystal decanters on top of silver trays, especially when serving wine to the rich during special galas that made people coin that famous related adage. Today, crystal decanters still retain their essence if they’re made following the traditional, hand-made, and artistic approach, such as those by the London-based crystal maker William Yeoward
. For one, checkout its magnificent Tara Decanter—perfect for serving port or claret with its breathtaking facet cutting.
William Yeoward is available at Keller & George on Millmont St., Charlottesville.