An Antique Silver and Glass Decanter by Saunders and Shepherd

Birmingham, 1894


in the form of a lyre, comprising of a hand blown, clear glass vessel standing on pulled feet, with two openings on either end capped with hinged silver lids in the form of opposing scrolls, the silver collars supporting a bridge and strings.

Maker’s Mark: Saunders & Shepherd
Registration No.: 238632
Retailed by ‘Rowlands & Frazer, 148 Regent Street’

The registration number indicates that this unusual design was submitted for registration for copyright under The Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Act of 1883.

When the musician and poet Orpheus travelled to the underworld to save his wife Eurydice, he used his lyre to lull the guard dog Cerberus to sleep. A subtle message about the often soporific effects of the contents of this decanter?