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In the 19th century, homes began to have dining rooms. These new spaces often had sideboards or serving tables in addition to a table and chairs. Wine glasses and a special bottle to hold wine were often placed on the sideboard or server. At the same time that this fashion of entertaining was rising, there was a huge "temperance" (anti-alcohol) movement sweeping through the United States, which did not believe in using alcohol such as beer or hard cider that was drunk by ordinary people with meals or as a treat in itself, as well as the alcohol that was the main ingredient in most medicines and "tonics."


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Wine decanter

date   c. 1820
process/materials   glass
item type   Household Goods/Food Service Tools & Equipment
accession #   #2000.20.505

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