4080 A fine shouldered decanter engraved 'MOUNTAIN'
This is a fine example of a 'shouldered' decanter, and is the transitional shape between the early shaft & globe (see 4081) and the sugar loaf, where the widest part of the body is higher, and the lower half tapers outwards. It is solidly blown and is a fine 'colour'. It retains its original (probably) stopper of the facetted spire type.
The body is engraved with a 'label' for MOUNTAIN suspended by a 'chain' and with sprigs of lily of the valley, a bunch of grapes and vine foliage and tendrils.
Mountain is a fortified dessert wine made from white grapes grown inland from Malaga. If the number of silver wine labels engraved for 'Mountain' are anything to go by, then mountain was a very popular wine in the period 1740 - 1830, but it is very difficult to locate in the 21st century! We did have three bottles about 20 years ago which were specially ordered by specialist Spanish wine merchants, Laymont & Shaw, as mountain was a favourite of L&S's owner, John Hawes. Happily we still have two bottles left, one of which will be included in the price!
Dimensions: 11.3", 28.7 cm. high incl stopper