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18th Century Engraved Gin Glass c1750

Heading : An engraved Georgian gin glass
Period : George II
Origin : England
Colour : Clear, grey blue hue
Bowl : Funnel engraved with cross-hatched geometric design.
Stem :Plain
Foot : Conical and folded
Pontil : Snapped
Glass Type : Lead
Size :  Height 12.2cms, bowl 5.6cms , foot 7.1cms diameter
Condition :
Restoration :
Weight: 84g

If you lived in a "Rookery" such as Jacob's Island, Petticoat Lane or St Giles then the slums of London were home. They were brutal and crime ridden dens of criminality and vice. In the 18th century "Hollands" was the "opiate" of the masses, yes the same mothers ruin, gin. Hogarth depicts the scene in "Gin Lane".

There were numerous distilleries and it it was sold from a dram shop, of which there were many thousands. It caused not only drunkenness but riots, madness and murder. In the case of Judith Dufour she murdered her own child to sell his clothes to buy gin. Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for tuppence, clean straw for nothing. By 1751 the government decided to act and the "gin craze" was taxed and its popularity waned

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  • Product Code: 2019101615
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