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Rummers

Georgian glass rummers are amongst the most useable of antique drinking glasses. They have generous sized bowls and pan topped forms are very suitable for strong bottled beers, in my humble opinion. This is much closer to their intended purpose than say a rum cocktail. The perceived wisdom is that the word "rummer" is just an anglicised version of the German word "roemer" a glass type that had been in use since the 16th century noted for its large capacity bowl.

Stem types are almost invariably plain with bladed collar knops and cushion knops. Rib moulded square feet, "lemon squeezer" shaped feet and large conical feet all feature. Thick square feet are surprisingly prone to being chipped and over the years the feet on these examples have been polished and reshaped many times, enhancements which can be easily detected. Also watch out for the monolithic serving rummers, varying from a yard (two and a half pints) to a gallon in capacity, which make excellent punch bowls and can be used for mixing cocktails. Hop and barley and grape and vine leaf engraving is common. On Regency examples look out for flute or petal cutting to the lower half of the bowl, with engravings above.

Engraved and commemorative rummers are also highly collectable. Those engraved with classical scenes from the trials of Hercules to passages from the Aneid or Greek and Roman mythology are amongst the finest glass engravings ever made and can still be found. Rummers commemorating the opening of the Sunderland Bridge in 1796 are quite common, those mourning the death of Admiral Nelson in 1805 with scenes of the funeral barge are highly sought after. Researching the engravings on rummers can be fascinating, deciphering a diamond point engraved cryptic message on a Rummer owned by a dragoon who was at the battle Waterloo or Talavera puts you "in touch" with both the engraver and history itself.

We would recommend that all our readers who have a particular interest in rummers track down a copy of Timothy Mills' recently published book Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass (ISBN 078-0-9926096-0-3) which is the first book - to our knowledge - that is entirely devoted to the subject.

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Georgian Glass Rummer with an Ovoid Bowl c1820

Georgian Glass Rummer with an Ovoid Bowl c1820

Glass rummer with a slightly deceptive bowl, a pleasure to use. Fins one to suit you at the Scottish online antique store

£45.00

Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1840

Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1840

An online antique store with an array of antique collectables

£55.00

Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1840

Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1840

A slice cut antique rummer. A glass with a capacious bowl. All that this antique drinking glass needs is filling

£55.00

Georgian Cut Glass Rummer c1830

Georgian Cut Glass Rummer c1830

Antique rummer with excellent cut decoration. Fantastic example with the capacious bowl which make antique drinking glasses have a wide appeal. Come and visit the online antique store

£60.00

Pair of Pan Top Glass Rummers c1820

Pair of Pan Top Glass Rummers c1820

A pair of antique glass rummers from the early 19th century with large pan top bowls. View our wide slection of antique drinking glasses at the online antique store

£110.00

Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1840

Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1840

A slice cut antique rummer with a knopped stem. A rummer with a capacious bowl. All that this glass needs is filling

£65.00

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

An old rummer glass with a shape more akin to a brandy balloon, a collectors piece

£375.00

Georgian Rummer With Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

Georgian Rummer With Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

An antique rummer with what is commonly known as a lemon squeezer foot for sale

£85.00

Early 19th century glass rummer c1830

Early 19th century glass rummer c1830

An antique glass rummer from 19th century England, a piece of British drinking heritage

£65.00

Georgian Bucket Bowl Rummer With Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

Georgian Bucket Bowl Rummer With Lemon Squeezer Foot c1800

A glass with what is commonly known as a lemon squeezer foot

£110.00

19th Century Ovoid Bowl Glass Rummer c1830

19th Century Ovoid Bowl Glass Rummer c1830

An antique rummer to be used with confidence

£60.00

Engraved Early 19th Century Glass Rummer

Engraved Early 19th Century Glass Rummer

A highly desired hand engraved glass rummer from the early 19th century

£29.00

Pair of Masonic Engraved Glass Rummers c1820

Pair of Masonic Engraved Glass Rummers c1820

Georgian glass rummers with Masonic engraving

£130.00

Fine Engraved Georgian Serving Rummer

Fine Engraved Georgian Serving Rummer

Superb antique serving rummer engraved in fantastic detail with hops and barley far in excess of the standard

£580.00

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

Davenport Patent Rummer with Patent Mark c1810

An old rummer glass with a shape more akin to a brandy balloon. The rummer is the swiss army knife of drinking glasses, perfect for beer, wine and spirits.

£435.00

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