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Air Twist Stems

Georgian air twist wine glasses are amongst the most widely appreciated of all antique wine glasses . They were an 18th century evolution from the air tears and twisted tears in earlier plain stem glasses. The glass excise act created an imperative to reduce the taxable weight of glasses and the resultant air twist ensued Air twists increased the brilliance of the stems via the introduction of most commonly six or more evenly spaced bubbles into the gather of glass via nails fixed into a wooden former and then drawing this into a stem.

Rolling the blowing iron and fixing the opposite end of the glass stem with pucellas fabricated the twist. Tooling marks on the stems of some glasses evidences this. I am advised that all glass blowers were taught to ply their trade right handed, hence all English twists rotate in the same direction.

The shape and size of the nails and pattern of nails on the former were changed with startling results. Tightly packed thin nails result in a cable, flat-sided nails the “mercury” twist.  The variation in the patterns of air twist defies belief when one considers that these were all made by hand in the eighteenth century. To date we have had nine types of twist for sale !

The multi series air twist , MSAT, is widely accepted to have been the earliest form with up to twelve strands or air spiralling up a stem. To be strict in our nomenclature the MSAT is effectively a single series. Single spiral gauzes and four-ply spiral bands outside loose spiral threads and cables have the most incredible refractive properties where either the inside or outside twist is a mercury type. It is worth noting double series air twists are the rarer form, the opposite being true for opaque twists.

Other air twist glasses to watch out for are those with multiple knops which become progressively rarer as the number of knops increases and those with vermiform collars.

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Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

This very fine Georgian air twist wine glass can be seen in fine detail alongside other antique glasses on our scottishantiques.com online store. We specialise in fine antique glassware and stock a wide range of rare and unusual Georgian drinking glasses.

£165.00

Engraved 18th Century Pan Top Air Twist Wine Glass c1780

Engraved 18th Century Pan Top Air Twist Wine Glass c1780

This excellent Georgian air twist wine glass can be seen in fine detail on out scottishantiques.com online store, where you will discover a wide range of rare and unusual 18th century antique drinking glasses and glassware

£295.00

A Tall Georgian Petal Moulded Air Twist Stem Ale Glass c1750

A Tall Georgian Petal Moulded Air Twist Stem Ale Glass c1750

One of the best we have had, a rare tall Georgian air twist petal moulded ale glass from c1760. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£295.00

Two Piece Bell Bowl Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c 1750

Two Piece Bell Bowl Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c 1750

A classic Georgian Wine Glass from c 1750 with a bell bowl and air twist stem. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

18th Century Double Knop Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Double Knop Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

The attractive 18th century air twist wine glass can be seen in finer detail on our scottishantiques.com online store. We specialise in and stock a wide range of rare, unusual and interesting antique drinking glasses and glassware from 17th - 20th century

£390.00

RESERVED SD- Engraved Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass With Folded Foot c1745

RESERVED SD- Engraved Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass With Folded Foot c1745

This excellent Georgian wine glass with engraved bowl and air twist stem can be found amongst our other fine and rare 18th century drinking glasses at scottishantiques.com

£310.00

18th Century Vermicular Collar Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Vermicular Collar Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

This excellent Georgian air twist wine glass with applied vermicular collar can be found at scottishantiques.com online store. Here you will discover a wide range of fine Georgian and antique drinking glasses and glassware.

£280.00

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

This very fine Georgian air twist wine glass can be found on our scottishantiques.com online store alongside a choice of other 18th century air twist glasses we currently have for sale

£160.00

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

This excellent Georgian multi series air twist wine glass can be found alongside our wide range of rare and unusual 18th century drinking glasses on our online store scottishantiques.com

£160.00

Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass c1750 A/F

Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass c1750 A/F

We all make mistakes. This was damaged in transit by ourselves. Please remember when packing glass to stack items vertically rim side down.

£35.00

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

This 18th century air twist wine glass can be found on our scottishantiques.com online store where you will see a good range of multi series air twist antique wine glasses that we are fortunate enough to currently have available

£110.00

Georgian  Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

An excellent Georgian wine glass with air twist stem and trumpet bowl. It can be found alongside a wide range of our other fine 18th century wine and drinking glasses on our scottishantiques.com online store.

£165.00

A Pair of  Multi Series Air Twist Georgian Wine Glasses c1750

A Pair of Multi Series Air Twist Georgian Wine Glasses c1750

This fine pair of antique English wine glasses from 18th century, with attractive air twist stems can be located on our scottishantiques.com online antique store. Here you will find a wide range of rare Georgian antique drinking glasses amongst many othe

£275.00

A Fine Set of Four Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glasses c1750

A Fine Set of Four Georgian Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glasses c1750

This excellent set of four Georgian air twist wine glasses can be seen in finer detail on our scottishantiques.com online store. Here you will also find a wide range of rare and unusual 18th - 20th century antique drinking glasses.

£540.00

A Pair of Multi Series Air Twist Georgian Wine Glasses c1750

A Pair of Multi Series Air Twist Georgian Wine Glasses c1750

This fine pair of 18th century Georgian wine glasses with their beautifully crafted multi spiral air twist stems can be found on our scottishantique.com glass specialists online store.

£275.00

A Fine 18th Century Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Fine 18th Century Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

This fine 18th century wine glass with attractive multi spiral air twist stem can be seen in finer detail on our antique online store at scottishantiques.com. At Scottish Antiques we specialise in fine, rare and sought after antique drinking glasses and

£125.00

Engraved Double Knopped Air Twist Wine Glass c1770

Engraved Double Knopped Air Twist Wine Glass c1770

A continental 18th centurt engraved wine glass with an air twist stem

£165.00

Gorgian Bell Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Gorgian Bell Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

An 18th century Georgian wine glass with an air twist stem

£170.00

A Georgian Pan Top Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Georgian Pan Top Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Georgian pan top air twist wine glass with double knopped stem from c1750. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£390.00

18th Century Vermicular Collar Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Vermicular Collar Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Georgian air twist wine glass with a vermicular collar

£320.00

A Double Knopped Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Double Knopped Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

he foot may have been polished in a short radius. The underside of the foot has not been recontoured. The foot is a little thinner in a 20 degree arc, this may be from manufacture . The wear is however natural and erratic.

£190.00

Double Knop Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass c1755

Double Knop Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass c1755

An 18th century air twist double knopped wine glass which can be found on our Scottish Antiques on-line store.

£175.00

18th Century Air Twist Wine Goblet c1750

18th Century Air Twist Wine Goblet c1750

Antique glassware and collectables for sale

£415.00

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