This fine Ceramic Decanter in the shape of an Irish soldier was created for Irish Mist, a product of the Republic of Ireland in the 1970's, made in Italy by Coronetti Cunardo and imported to the United States expressly for Irish Mist by Heublein Inc., of Hartford Conn. as a decanter and Commemorative of the Irish Brigade-Austrian Army Circa 1750. At the base, this decanter still has the original stickers with this information. On the bottom it is marked Coronetti Cunardo Italy . It has the cork in the top back of the helmet and the original paper seal which has been torn open.Originally, this decanter was filled with Irish Mist, Ireland 's legendary liqueur, but the liqueur is long gone. This decanter measures 19" tall. This decanter is in great shape with a nice shiny glaze and no chips or cracks. The only issue I note on this piece is a very tiny speck about the size of a pin head w the paint is missing on the soldier's pants and a very small spot on the side of his foot w the paint is scraped off. These small imperfections do not detract from this nice piece. This is one of the finest decanters with hand-painting, rich gold highlights and great attention to detail. Around the neck of this figure, he still wears the original fold out tag titled "The Story of Irish Mist Ireland 's legendary liqueur". You may find other decanters like this but very few will be in such good condition and still have this tag on them. Everything I sell is packed very carefully. But with a delicate item like this, I must insist on insurance so that nobody will be disappointed if an accident occurs in transit.
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