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Care and Feeding of Your Collectible Decanter

     They don't eat much, but your decanter collection will need a little care to keep it in museum quality shape.  Since most collectible decanters are made of porcelain, china or glass, they wont bounce if you drop them.  Other than that they will last for thousands of years.  From time to time dusting and an occasional washing with warm soapy (non-abrasive) water is advisable.  Decanters with fired-in color, which includes almost all modern (1955 to present) pieces, will not fade or lose their original color, no matter how many times you scrub them.  The foil or paper label decanters and decanters with unfired or cold paint decorations are a different story.  Be careful when cleaning manufactures labels, since replacements are often hard to find.  If your not certain, carefully test on small area before continuing.  Cold paint is not used much except in dull gold and silver decorating.

     All liquor decanters have a stopper one sort or another.  Many are china or porcelain attached to a cork, while others are simple screw caps.  Decanters with cork type stoppers should have their corks "greased" with petroleum jelly.  This keeps the cork from drying out.  It also keeps the cork from breaking when guests try to twist them to see what's inside.

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What Is A Collectible Decanter

      What started as a way for distilleries and wineries to sell extra product has evolved into an exciting hobby for thousands of collectors.  You've probably seen a collectible liquor decanter on the shelves of your local spirit ship or, just as likely to received one as a gift.  They come in array of sizes, from "mini's" ( holding about 2 oz or less) to gallons, and assortment of sizes in between.

     What subjects have been commemorated as a decanter?  It would be easier to list what hasn't.  Everything from the Kentucky Derby to the 57 Chevy Bel-Aire, from Spiro Agnew and Paul Bunyan to Elvis.  There are decanters of wildlife, firemen, historical events, telephones, fraternal organizations, Southwest subjects and even cat houses.  Some come with music boxes, some with wooden bases or displays and still others with attachments of leather or wood.  In this hobby there's a decanter for every interest.

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Brand Identification

     Brand Identification is relatively simple, since most decanters feature the label of the manufacturer on either the front or back of the piece.  The bottom of a decanter, known as the base, often contains production information, distillery name, and in some cases, the name of the designer.  In the case of some limited editions, the base stamp will also indicate the production quantities, and decanter series name.  Older decanters, especially those of European origin, may require some research to identify.

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What Are Decanters Made Of?

     Decanters are made from a variety of materials, the most popular ceramic or porcelain, while others, especially early editions, were made of glass.  One line from Italy features hand-blown glass decanters in tiny animal figures.  Some current editions are shaped like cars and trains and have china bodies with plastic attachments.  Though initially ignored by purists because of the plastic, these Duesenbergs, Mustangs, Corvettes and others remain very popular and highly collectible.

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Limited Editions

     Most collectible decanters are "limited editions".  This means they are either produced for a limited time period, or an announced quantity is issued.  Only Ski Country has consistently announced production quantities of its limited editions.  Other companies have selectively released that information.  Even though some manufacturers prefer to keep the production quantities secret, supply and demand eventually determines what is rare and what is not-so-rare.

      Not all limited editions go up in value, some even go down.  But knowing the production quantities for limited editions can be of great value.

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What Should I Collect?

     Collectors usually start acquiring decanters quite by accident.  They might receive one as a gift, or purchase one that might be a particular interest.  A new collector will soon discover "Specialization", with well over 8,000 liquor decanters issued over the years, a comprehensive and all encompassing collection is to dream about, but not a practical goal for most.  A specialized collection can take any form you wish.  Some seek to own one of each piece a particular manufacture has created.  Others specialize in sets or series within a manufacturer has created.

      You might want to cross manufactures lines and armed with a good reference book such as The Bottle Collectors Pocket Price Guide decide to acquire all eagle decanters issued or perhaps all decanters with a transportation theme.  Even music boxes or topics such as Elvis Presley can result in a wonderful collection.  A western theme, a collection of Sports subjects, waterfowl, owls, Christmas, Famous People, indicate the list of possibilities for your collection is limited only by your imagination.

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Fakes and Counterfeits

     Decanter collectors are quite fortunate regarding fakes and counterfeits.  Reports of fakery are very rare since the majority of collector decanters are relatively inexpensive.  With very rare and expensive pieces, use normal precautions such as knowing the dealer or individual from whom the purchase is made and learning production details such as numbering, certificates and original packaging.

Information provide by A Guide to Decanter Collecting - Published by Ski Country LTD.-1991