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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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Rare Pair of Georgian Cut Glass Mixing Rummers c1830

Rare Pair of Georgian Cut Glass Mixing Rummers c1830

Pair of antique mixing rummers with superb cut decoration for Georgian glass collectors

£150.00

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

£140.00

Georgian Glass Rummer with an Incurved Bucket Bowl c1820

Georgian Glass Rummer with an Incurved Bucket Bowl c1820

An antique glass rummer with a rare bowl shape for collectors

£58.00

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

£650.00

Large Engraved Georgian Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1820

Large Engraved Georgian Bucket Bowl Glass Rummer c1820

An antique glass rummer. The engraving is by no means standard and the level of detail is simply outstanding

£450.00

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.

£460.00

Rare Georgian Masonic Engraved Serving Rummer

Rare Georgian Masonic Engraved Serving Rummer

Superb antique early 19th century masonic engraved serving rummer

£925.00

Very Large Georgian Rummer c1800

Very Large Georgian Rummer c1800

A superb antique glass serving rummer with a lemon squeezer foot,

£275.00

Irish Vesica Cut Amber Glass Rummer c1830

Irish Vesica Cut Amber Glass Rummer c1830

A wonderful Irish rummer. A fine example of Irish cutting, in a rare amber colour combined with the cutting skill of the Irish

£290.00

18th Century Rib Moulded Mead Glass c1790

18th Century Rib Moulded Mead Glass c1790

An 18th century mead glass. This Georgian period glass has been associated specifically with mead for over a century, Mead is a beverage made by fermenting honey with water along with fruits and spices, however this glass is perfect for ale and beer.

£140.00

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