Talk about desirable – a decanter on this exact same blank sold for $11,500 in the 2001 Woody-Durnford Auction. This decanter features Libbey’s own (signed) variation of the Ellsmere pattern. The decanter features three lapidary-finished neck rings and even has a wafered base. In terms of form, few decanters are better.
This rendition of the Ellsmere pattern features two hobstars, one flat and one with a 3-dimensional center which are separated with fans. Large panels of triple miter cane (a motif rarely used outside of the Libbey glass house) adorn the rest of the decanter. The wafer base is finished in what is essentially a pyramidal star.
The decanter measures 12″ tall and is in practically perfect condition. It has an extremely light, fingernail sized stain in the base of it. I actually believe most people wouldn’t even see it (it’s that light) but I’m mentioning it for accuracy’s sake.
Pattern: Ellsmere Variation
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