Milady felt like going to the auction today, so she and I went over and wandered the merchandise to see what might be available. I've always enjoyed decanters and I have a small collection of decanters that I've picked up over the years. Anytime there are decanters on the auction block I take interest to see what they might be worth.
I found a cut glass decanter, about eleven inches tall. When I picked it up, I felt the heaviness of good crystal. A very good friend wandered over and said that he believed it was part of a set, with water pitcher and that the seller wanted $40.00 apiece. I told my friend that I'd gladly pay $40.00 for the decanter, but I didn't want the pitcher. He did want the pitcher, so we agreed to split the set. While looking at the decanter, I noticed the distinctive Waterford log0 on the bottom rim of the piece.
For those of you who don't know Waterford crystal, it's an old Irish firm that makes extremely fine crystal. I'd expect to pay over $200.00 for this piece retail. While I'm happy pouring whiskey straight from a bottle, and serving it in Dixie cups, I do think that serving it from a nice decanter lends a certain touch of class. I think it'll look good on my server.