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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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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

Very Large Pan Top Air Twist Wine Goblet c1750

Very Large Pan Top Air Twist Wine Goblet c1750

This is the finest air Georgian air twist glass goblet we have ever offered for sale.

£450.00

Georgian Double Series Mercury Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Double Series Mercury Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

When we purchased this glass the rim of the foot had multiple small chips that we often refer to as "fritting". This was taken to Basil Loveridge glass restoration and for the the sum of £35 this has been polished. Before this was undertaken the

£225.00

Very Rare Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass With Hammered Bowl c1750

Very Rare Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass With Hammered Bowl c1750

It could be argued that the short plain stem section above the air twist stem constitutes a composite stem, the jargon of Georgian glassware. learn more at the online antique store. We exhibit antiques for all

£475.00

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

Engraved Pan Topped Bucket Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass c1800

Engraved Pan Topped Bucket Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass c1800

A wine glass withnan engraved pan topped bucket bowl and air twist stem

£375.00

Georgian Doube Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Doube Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Georgian period air twist wine glass. See more antique and Georgian wine glasses at our online antique store

£375.00

Rare 18th Century Tulip Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass

Rare 18th Century Tulip Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass

Antique drinking glasses are the most widely collected of all antique glasswares. both decoratine and functional . See our collection at the Scottish antique shop online.

£595.00

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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