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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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A Large Georgian Glass Tazza c1760

A Large Georgian Glass Tazza c1760

Used in the 18th century to serve jelly and custard glasses at the dining table. The 18th century glass tazza must be used to be fully appreciated. See our blog posts

£295.00

Georgian Sterling Silver Cruet London 1768

Georgian Sterling Silver Cruet London 1768

An antique silver and glass cruet set in excellent condition.

£475.00

Pair Glass Patty Pans

Pair Glass Patty Pans

These were essentially moulds used for serving either butter or savoury jellies, such as calves shin jelly, pigs shin jelly and salted bone marrow and other delicious comestibles that required to be set. Sweet jellies would be served in jelly glasses. The

£55.00

Early 19th Century Glass Lamp c1800

Early 19th Century Glass Lamp c1800

An antique glass oil lamp, comes without lavender oil and matches but this is a functional antique

£130.00

18th Century Oil Lamp

18th Century Oil Lamp

Didpelling the myth of the lacemakers lamp, a misnomer at best and a fallacy at worst

£325.00

Three 19th Century Glass Rolling Pins

Three 19th Century Glass Rolling Pins

Three hand formed glass rolling pins made in England in the 19th century. Novelty antique glassware

£55.00

19th Century Nailsea Glass Rolling Pin

19th Century Nailsea Glass Rolling Pin

Nailsea glass rolling pin decorated with flecks of coloured enamels. One of hundreds of fine pieces of antique glassware from the antique shop online

£75.00

Three 19th Century Glass Rolling Pins

Three 19th Century Glass Rolling Pins

Three glass rolling pins made in England in the 19th century. Novelty antique glassware

£70.00

19th Century Nailsea Glass Rolling Pin

19th Century Nailsea Glass Rolling Pin

An amethyst glass rolling pin made in England in the 19th century. Novelty antique glassware

£35.00

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

£675.00

19th Century Nursing Bottle

19th Century Nursing Bottle

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

£65.00

19th Century Glass Rolling Pin
18th Century Glass Tazza c1775

18th Century Glass Tazza c1775

A hand formed glass tazza for collectors and inverstors alike

£230.00

Tall 18th Century Glass Tazza c1780

Tall 18th Century Glass Tazza c1780

A tall georgian glass tazza for collectors and inverstors alike

£220.00

Blue Glass Miniature Scent Bottle c1780

Blue Glass Miniature Scent Bottle c1780

A English perfume bottle with gilded decoration

£220.00

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

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