Monday, November 16, 2009

Vintage Decanter

I found this vintage decanter at an estate auction this fall, before I started the blog.  I am sure that it came filled with liquor originally, but I have no idea what.  If I were to make a guess, I would say that it may have been filled with vodka.  I make this guess from the great artwork on the bottle, which looks to me like mid-century interpretations of Russian dancers.  I'm fairly certain that this was intended to depict Russia, as it displays a couple of the iconic Russian onion domes from Russian Orthodox churches.  What liquor is more Russian than vodka?  The colors on the bottle are great, and the printing is clean and free from defects.  Now I just need to find some kind of use for it.  The only marking on the bottle is on the bottom, which reads: "Federal Law Forbids Sale or Reuse of this Bottle," which is followed by a capital letter I inside a circle (I would presume this is the maker's mark), and the following: "R-194 55 59."  The shape of the bottle makes me think of Jeannie's bottle on I Dream of Jeannie.  I got a couple of ceramic decanters at the same sale, I'll try to post them sometime as well.  Enjoy your Monday, and have a great week!


  1. What a great find! I love the somewhat abstract Kossack dancers!

  2. Hi I have the same bottle as your russian one except mine are Cuban or Brazilian. I couldnt find any others online until i looked up the numbers on bottom and found yours. Do you have any other info who may have distributed these or when?


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