Georgian Wine Glasses
Of all antique stemwares Georgian wine glasses are the most widely admired. The tactile baluster and pedestal stem. The refractive beauty in mixed twist and facet cut stems by candlelight. The timeless elegance of light balusters and plain stem forms. The captivating trance induced by opaque twist and colour twist stems. How did they do that ? …a reaction to your first coin glass or hollow stem made two and a half centuries ago makes Georgian glass the most collectible glassware of all.
The social history reflected in engraved period glasses, political Jacobite and Williamite , greetings and best wishes success to The Venture, long forgotten liqor Sack and Shrub. A “Kings shilling” embedded in the base of an 18th century tankard may have seen an imbiber press ganged and at Trafalgar. Rummers engraved to commemorate heroes and loyal duty and both balustroid and incised twists that remind us of duty and tax.
One of our collectors flew from South Africa to go to a church in Dorset to research the marriage records that correspond to a goblet he cherished. Another contacted Lloyds of London to find out about a particular ship commemorated on a glass. Such additional provenance always enhances the overall appreciation and pleasure associated with owning and using a piece of 18th century glass.
Some people collect for investment purposes but come to appreciate other facets of Georgian glass, the sheer variety, the beauty and style of the pieces. No matter what the reason, all collectors share one thing. My own Georgian glass passions are for air twist Scottish glass of Leith and Edinburgh, and Dutch engraved spirit flasks.
We may use all of our glasses too, one client takes his period engraved ale glasses to the Pub ! For the more cautious then a table bedecked with wine, cordial glasses and rummers, deceptive drams and firing glasses, engraved rinsers and regency glass plates makes a dinner party truly memorable for guests. Please do be careful with, not only avoiding breakages, but in choosing the guest to try red wine from the trick glass ! Above all enjoy these truly beautiful objects for which we share your passion.
To the left of this text you will find a menu for 18th century glass stem types with items for sale in each category - please choose one which may interest you and take a look. This is a huge area of interest for collectors and we are not always able to help immediately. You may also view details of sold items and descriptions, this remains a good resource of information to collectors. If you wish to register with us and provide a "wish list" then you will be automatically notified when we have suitable items in stock.
If you cannot find what you are looking for then please contact us. We will be delighted to assist, look through our stock and to send images of items that may suit your requirement.