Beautiful German occupied Czech glass decanter, circa 1938 – 1944.
WWII German occupied glass decanter made in the former Sudetenland, a region in the former Czechoslovakia. Germany ‘annexed’ Sudetenland at the Munich Conference of 1938.
The gold foil maker’s label is still attached. It reads Gudetenland. We googled ‘Gudetenland’ and were puzzled to find only a couple of references to the actual word. Instead Google kept pointing to Sudetenland. After further research we realized Gudetenland was the German version of the word Sudetenland.
In one of the few Gudetenland references on the entire web, we found an image of an old postcard with the word Gudetenland in the lower left corner. It’s an image of a bombed war time city. See image 7. Another interesting clue was found in New York War Stories, where Gudetenland is mentioned in the third paragraph.
This stunning and historical decanter was blown by hand from mold and enameled by artist hand. The enamel florals are still perfect. Bright and shiny as the day they were painted. The hand-tooled solid glass stopper has a few tiny chiggers on the ground to fit insert and very slight wear to the red enamel rings. The bottle neck rim has a couple tiny chiggers (see images). The glass is clean without liquid stains. It’s overall condition is very, very good.
This Gudetenland glass decanter stands 7.5″ tall and 5″ wide. It is approximately 75 years old.