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Air Twist Stems

Georgian air twist wine glasses are amongst the most widely appreciated of all 18th century wine glass forms . 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 Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

English air twist wine glasses to be used and appreciated

£275.00

Tall Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Wine Glass c1750

Tall Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Wine Glass c1750

A tall example of a double series air twist wine glass for sale

£250.00

Georgian Bucket Bowl Mercury Twist Wine Goblet c1750

Georgian Bucket Bowl Mercury Twist Wine Goblet c1750

A fine Georgian wine gobletwith a bucket bowl and single series mercury twist stem

£390.00

Tall Single Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Tall Single Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Tall English wine glass made completely by hand in the 18th century

£320.00

Georgian Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Multi-spiral air twist wine glass for every collection

£230.00

Single Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Single Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

English wine glass made completely by hand in the 18th century

£330.00

Knopped Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c1760

Knopped Multi Spiral Air Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th century air twist wine glass with a shoulder knop. An attractive form from either England or the Continent

£235.00

18th Century Air Twist Wine Goblet c1750

18th Century Air Twist Wine Goblet c1750

A large antique goblet, with a single series air twist stem and a drawn trumpet bowl to be used

£575.00

Single Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Single Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

English wine glass made completely by hand in the 18th century

£300.00

Tall 18th Century Air Twist Wine Glass With a Moulded Bowl c1750

Tall 18th Century Air Twist Wine Glass With a Moulded Bowl c1750

A multi-spiral air twist glass with a knopped stem and moulded bowl for collectors

£245.00

Six Georgian Air Twist Wine Glasses c1750

Six Georgian Air Twist Wine Glasses c1750

A set of six of antique air twist wine glasses, matching sets are of course a collectors favourite

£1,580.00

Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass With Vermiform Collar c1750

Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass With Vermiform Collar c1750

A hand made antique glass from the age of elegance

£220.00

Engraved Air Twist Wine Glass with a Waisted Bucket Bowl c1750

Engraved Air Twist Wine Glass with a Waisted Bucket Bowl c1750

Rare antique wine glasses from the 18th century for sale. How to restore glass properly

£190.00

Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass With Vermiform Collar c1750

Georgian Air Twist Wine Glass With Vermiform Collar c1750

A stunning antique from the age of elegance, free blown glassware

£375.00

Georgian Composite Stem Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Composite Stem Wine Glass c1750

The composite stem is one of the rarest forms of 18th century stemware, this example combines the baluster form with the multi spiral air twist with a most aesthetic outcome

£545.00

18th Century Composite Stem Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Composite Stem Wine Glass c1750

An antique composite air twist wine glass. The composite stem is one of the rarest forms of 18th century stemware, this example combines the baluster form with the multi spiral air twist with a most aesthetic outcome

£600.00

Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass With Vermiform Collar c1750

Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass With Vermiform Collar c1750

A hand made antique glass from the age of elegance for sale

£180.00

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