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Opaque Twist Stems

Georgian opaque twist wine glasses are the second most common form after classical plain stems and they are the easiest to recognise and have mesmerising variations in both pattern and colour.

Placing enamel canes into a metal cylinder and filling with molten glass ensured each cane retained their relative position.  A process of re-heating and drawing out the stem and carefully twisting the rod resulted in a seemingly endless variety of patterns. The addition of coloured rods further increased the variation and complexity of structure within the stems.

The earliest and most rare examples are single series opaque twists (SSOT). Double series opaque twists result from the careful placing of the inner elements (straight rods of enamel) into a mould ,a '”carrot” is made with the inner elements still straight. This carrot is then introduced into another mould, with the canes carefully placed to form the outer element, and another gather of glass is then placed over the whole carrot which is pulled and twisted to form the end result.

Triple series were also made but are very rare indeed. English and continental soda examples are quite plentiful but the lead metal examples are more desirable.

All bowls types and sizes of drinking glasses are encountered with opaque twist stems, from the tall end elegant ratafia and toasting glasses , long stemmed cordials and small firing glasses. The Beiby family frequently enamelled the bowls of opaque twists, it is the most common stem form for Lynn moulded bowls and genuine Jacobite sympathy glasses following The ‘45 are also found in this form.

The most frequently encountered colour twist is red, particularly in soda examples, with blue and pink being harder to find. Purple, green and yellow single colour twists become progressively rarer. Two-colour combinations are rare but not as highly sought after as three-colour combinations, which command considerable interest from both collectors and investors, museums and aesthetes alike.

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Dutch Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

Dutch Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

An engraved Dutch colour twist wine glass for sale at the Scottish online antique store

£230.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

A collectible antique opaque twist stem. A wide spection of antique drinking glasses within our antique shop online

£350.00

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

An opaque twist wine glass from the age of elegance for the glass collector from the online antique store

£95.00

Beilby Enamelled Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1765

Beilby Enamelled Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1765

18th century Beilby decorated wine glass with an opaque twist stem

£2,600.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Antique opaque twist wine glass with a cup bowl from Scottish Antiques, the home of Georgian glass

£130.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Antique opaque twist wine glass with an unusual stem from Scottish Antiques, the home of Georgian glass

£180.00

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1790

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1790

A transitional wine glass from the age of elegance for collectors

£140.00

James Giles Gilded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

James Giles Gilded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Antique wine glass decorated by James Giles at his London atelier, an exceptional collectors piece

£1,175.00

A Scottish Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1810

A Scottish Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1810

An antique wine glass made in 19th century Scotland

£185.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Antique opaque twist wine glass for sale, with a beautifully executed single series opaque twist

£150.00

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

An opaque twist wine glass from the age of elegance for collectors

£160.00

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

A wine glass from the age of elegance for collectors

£130.00

Petal Moulded Irish Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

Petal Moulded Irish Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

A hand made Irish cordial glass with an opaque twist stem

£375.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Ale Glass With a Moulded Bowl

18th Century Opaque Twist Ale Glass With a Moulded Bowl

A Georgian period classic. An ale glass with an opaque twist stem and a moulded bowl, a collectors item

£240.00

Hammer Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Hammer Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A hand made wine glass with a mixed twist stem

£225.00

Engraved Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An antique opaque twist wine glass. An interesting twist consisting of a 15-ply spiral band which is much wider than most

£225.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine glass c1770

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine glass c1770

An antique wine glass with a rib moulded bowl for sale.

£170.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

An excellent engraved antique opaque twist cordial glass for collectors

£725.00

Double Knopped Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Double Knopped Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare double knopped Georgian opaque twist wine glass, The more knops a stem has, the rarer it is considered to be

£290.00

Pair of 18th Century Opaque Twist Glasses c1760

Pair of 18th Century Opaque Twist Glasses c1760

A pair of antique wine glasses from the 18th century with a opaque twists

£350.00

Engraved Georgian Petal Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Petal Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An antique opaque twist wine glass, collectors glassware from an established familiy business

£375.00

Georgian Cordial Glass With a Single Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

Georgian Cordial Glass With a Single Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

A hand formed antique cordial glass. The cordial is a rare form the Georgian period.

£580.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Goblet c1770

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Goblet c1770

An antique glass goblet with a hand engraved bowl

£440.00

Rare 18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

Rare 18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

A collectable single series opaque twist wine glass. This is 18th century free blown glass to our American and canadian cousins.

£250.00

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A lynn opaque twist wine glass for collectors and investors a like

£725.00

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