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Incised Twist Stems

Georgian incised twist wine glasses seemingly had a relatively short period of production from 1750-1765 in England. However, they are not incised which implies external tooling, they just have the appearance of being produced in that manner. The stems were made in a straight-ribbed mould then drawn and twisted. This stem type is much underrated and is comparatively rare compared to air twists. Examples with knops and multiple knops are very rare indeed on drinking glasses but more frequently found on sweetmeats and candlesticks.

There are occasionally examples to be found in soda glass and these are invariably quite poor in quality with some notable exceptions especially those that have been attributed to the Belgian glass house of Sebastien Zoude  who worked with lead metal in the second half of the 18th century. Both the Bonhomme and Nizet manufactories in Liege also produced some fine specimens from the second quarter of the 18th century.  Good English and continental examples merit a place in any collection irrespective of origin.

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18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1760

An antique incised twist wine glass with a large bell bowl. The incised twist is one of the rarest of all stem types and is quite possibly the simplest to make, omitting the plain stem of course. They are much undervalued in our opinion.


18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

18th Century Incised Twist Wine Glass c1755

Antique german glassware for the collector


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