This decanter was manufactured in Bristol―an English port city renowned for both the production of colored glass and participation in the Atlantic slave trade. With its hand-painted gilt script and rich, cobalt-color glass, this decanter signified the refined lifestyle of its owner. An enslaved person or servant may have handled, cared for, and used this decanter as part of a daily routine.
How does such a scenario complicate our idea of consumption in the Atlantic world? Who really owned this object if it was purchased by one person but used by another?