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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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Rare Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass c1745

Rare Georgian Air Twist Stem Wine Glass c1745

An 18th century wine glass with an air twist stem. A folded foott in combination with air twist stems are uncommon and sought after by Georgian glass collectors

£265.00

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.

£225.00

Double Series Air Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750

Double Series Air Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1750

An exceptional double series air twist wine glass from c1750 in excellent condition. For more antique glass including Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range decorative items please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£450.00

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

£265.00

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.

£295.00

Rare 18th Century Tulip Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Rare 18th Century Tulip Bowl Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

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.

£575.00

A Fine Tall Georgian Air Twist Goblet c1745

A Fine Tall Georgian Air Twist Goblet c1745

This glass dispells the myth about the relative diameters of bowls and feet. It was Eric Knowles, who is a very nice chap and "man of the people", who explained on the BBC that the diameter of the foot on a good Georgian glass was always greater

£475.00

Georgian Double Series Air Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Double 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

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. For a wide range of antique glassware including Georgian wine glasses, Georgian drinking glasses, and a wide range of silverware and Porcelain please visit Sco

£295.00

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

£340.00

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

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