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Air Twist Stems

Antique Georgian air twist wine glasses are amongst the most widely appreciated of all antique wine glasses. They are the most widely recognised of all Georgian wine glasses. The air twist stem was an 18th century evolution from the air tears and twisted tears in earlier plain stem glasses and those with beaded knops. 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 !

All antique glass does have some jargon and Georgian glass is no exception.The multi series Georgian air twist glass, or 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 twist stem are the rarer form, the opposite being true for opaque twist stems.

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. If you are looking for just one fine Georgian drinking glass for a present of gift then air twist stems are a good choice.


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Composite Stem Georgian Wine Glass c1750

Composite Stem Georgian Wine Glass c1750

A very fine composite stem Georgian wine glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£650.00

Drawn Trumpet Bowl Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Drawn Trumpet Bowl Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A very fine air twist stem Georgian wine glass with a drawn trumpet bowl from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass c1750

18th century air twist stem wine glass for sale

£170.00

Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A very fine multi series air twist wine glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£260.00

Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Double Series Mercury Twist Wine Glass c1750

A very fine double series mercury twist Georgian wine glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

Mercury Twist Stem Georgian Wine Glass c1750

Mercury Twist Stem Georgian Wine Glass c1750

It is the ovoid shape of the ait threads that causes the silvered mercury appearance

£265.00

Double Series Mercury Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750

Double Series Mercury Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750

A very fine Double Series Mercury Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750.

£340.00

Petal Moulded Air Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750

Petal Moulded Air Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750

A very fine rib moulded air twist Georgian wine glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

Double Series Mercury Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Double Series Mercury Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A double series mercury air twist wine glass from c1750 in good condition. Available from scottishantiques.com . See more antiques for sale from the UK

£235.00

Georgian Pan Top Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Pan Top Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A beautiful Georgian air twist wine glass with a saucer top bowl from c1750 in excellent condition.

£210.00

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

£325.00

Double Series Mercury Twist Wine Glass c1750

Double Series Mercury Twist Wine Glass c1750

Gergian wine glasses have multiple variants of twist stems, This is an air twist wine glass whereby the threads of air within the stem resemble quicksilver, mercuy

£370.00

An Engraved Double Knop Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

An Engraved Double Knop Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

When examining wear on glass please look for irregularity within the scratches and small frits on those parts that are in regularly in contact with a hard surface. The "wear line" on the underside of the foot on a wine glass being the most obvio

£395.00

Georgian Pan Top Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Pan Top Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

A Fine Georgian Pan Top Multi Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

£325.00

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