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Other Table Wares and Miscellany

Georgian table glass developed as dining tastes grew increasingly eclectic with hosts embracing influences and ideas from across the globe as Britain’s sphere of endeavours grew ever wider, more and more items were to appear on tables up and down the land to make provision for such requirements.

Inevitably there were items which had very specific uses and which cannot be readily placed in to any of the other existing categories which we have already explored. As a collective, though, these pieces constitute their own class of tableware – the diverse items which filled every last conceivable niche in the hodgepodge of Georgian dining miscellany.

Consider the use of cream, for instance. There were a myriad of existing pieces already in use as jelly glasses or custard cups, salts, rummers or sweetmeats which would have quite adequately served to present cream at table, but none of these evoked the original wooden pails in which the cream would have been collected when initially prepared at the dairy. Hence we have piggins, taking their name from those same wooden tubs, but made from glass, and affecting the appearance of the original items by having a “handle” as an extension of an element of one - or occasionally two - of the sides. These would generally be quite small pieces, but made from thick glass – lavishly cut and faceted – in order that they could be chilled and then filled to keep the cream fresh for as long as possible.

Having mentioned jelly glasses, the distinction should be noted that these were not exclusively for serving sweet jellies and there were, of course, marrow jelly and other savoury sundries and pâtés that needed to be made available too. It simply would not have been seemly to have served your calves foot, bone marrow or aspic-encased viscera in the same glassware as their delightful fruited equivalents, and so we find patty pans intended specifically to accommodate these more piquant preserves. Again small – about the size of modern ramekins – these patty pans were almost universally in the form of abbreviated conical bowls with flat bases and a folded or moulded rim. Decoration was at a premium – simple fluted or slice-cut facets would generally suffice – but many examples were left entirely plain.

As ever, ostentation was to the fore, and the properly prepared Georgian dining table demanded a suitably stunning centerpiece. To facilitate this we find tazzas – broad, flat dishes on baluster or pedestal stems on to which jellies, custards, sweetmeats – pretty much anything to be fair - would have been arranged. The variety of stem used for tazzas, and the combination of plain or engraved, lipped or plain-edged display surfaces make for a wide variety of designs which constitute  an eminently collectable genre in their own right. If you do decide to go after tazzas, do try and secure a set or two of matching pieces of diminishing size that were designed to be stacked to make up a particularly extravagant centerpiece – five tiers is the most of which we are currently aware, so please let us know if you find anything over and above that !

In to our general category of Georgian table glass, we can also add candlesticks, pepper sifters, condiment bottles, cruet sets, cutlery rests, serving dishes and salvers – so you really do have a pretty broad remit if you wish to specialise in collecting this sort of material.

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Silver Cruet Set William Stroud London 1792

Silver Cruet Set William Stroud London 1792

An antique silver and glass cruet set in excellent condition. All pieces fully hallmarked

£725.00

19th Century Nursing Bottle

19th Century Nursing Bottle

This antique is a nusrsing bottle or baby feeder, equivelant to the baby bottles of today

£85.00

Georgian Mallet Wine Bottle c1720

Georgian Mallet Wine Bottle c1720

A highly collectable old glass bottle for antique enthusiasts

£320.00

19th Century Nailsea Glass Pestle

19th Century Nailsea Glass Pestle

Antique Nailsea style glass pestle with pulled loops of white

£70.00

19th Century Nailsea Glass Rolling Pin

19th Century Nailsea Glass Rolling Pin

A glass rolling pin made in England in the 19th century a very collectable piece

£80.00

18th Century Glass Tazza c1775

18th Century Glass Tazza c1775

A hand formed glass tazza for collectors and inverstors alike

£320.00

Tall 18th Century Glass Tazza

Tall 18th Century Glass Tazza

A tall georgian glass tazza for collectors and inverstors alike

£295.00

French Hollow Glass Taper Stick c1780

French Hollow Glass Taper Stick c1780

This was most probably made on Orleans although other museum examples are attributed to Normandy

£340.00

Blue Glass Miniature Scent Bottle c1780

Blue Glass Miniature Scent Bottle c1780

A English perfume bottle with gilded decoration

£240.00

19th Century Glass Toddy Lifter c1820

19th Century Glass Toddy Lifter c1820

An Antique toddy lifter. Used for transferring beverages from a mixing glass to a drinking glass. A novelty today but a talking point none the less.

£65.00

Honourable Society of The Middle Temple Sealed Bottle c1835

Honourable Society of The Middle Temple Sealed Bottle c1835

An antique glass bottle bearing the seal of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple. One of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to call students to the Bar

£130.00

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