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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T490
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1800


Mulberry decanter made in England around 1700 - 1800. Despite its deceptively simple form, this decanter represents the work of an extremely accomplished woodworker. It is made from a single piece of mulberry wood which has been hollowed out from the neck opening. It was probably intended as a decorative piece.James I encouraged the planting of mulberry trees from 1608 onwards. He wanted to promote the silk industry by growing trees which provided food and habitat for silkworms. Sadly, however, he chose the wrong type of mulberry and his experiment failed.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Material(s):Mulberry wood
Place of Origin:England


Height:29.5 cm
Diameter:13.5 cm