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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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Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1780

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1780

Double series opaque, wine glass, Georgian wine glass, 18th century wine glass

£175.00

Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A fine 18th century single series opaque twist wine glass. See more at the Scottish Antique online store

£220.00

19th Century Triple Knopped Opaque Twist Wine Glass

19th Century Triple Knopped Opaque Twist Wine Glass

A 19th century opaque twist wine glas

£150.00

Dutch Double Knopped Opaque Twist Gin Glass c1780

Dutch Double Knopped Opaque Twist Gin Glass c1780

Antique Dutch opaque gin glass from the online antiques store

£150.00

Dutch Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

Dutch Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

A wonderful Dutch colour twist wine glass.A pair of red spiral threads outside a pair of white spiral threads.

£225.00

18th Century Short Wine Glass With Firing Foot c1760

18th Century Short Wine Glass With Firing Foot c1760

A most unusual double series opaque twist stem short wine glass with a firing foot

£210.00

Georgian Opaque Twist WineGlass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist WineGlass c1760

Georgian mixed twist cordial glass from our antiques shop online

£150.00

18th Century Multi Series Opaque Twist With Folded Foot c1760

18th Century Multi Series Opaque Twist With Folded Foot c1760

Opaque twist wine glass with folded feet are a rarity. See more rare and unusual Georgian wine glasses at the Scottish online antique shop

£425.00

Georgian Petal Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

Georgian Petal Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

A fine example of a single series opaque twist wine glass with an optically pleasing petal moulded bowl. This will play with candlelight quite beautifully.

£175.00

Set of Six Opaque Twist Port Wine Glasses c1800

Set of Six Opaque Twist Port Wine Glasses c1800

The ideal sized glass for a gentlemans measure of port. These opaque twist wine glasses will be a joy to use

£750.00

18th Century Cordial Glass With Opaque Twist Stem c1760

18th Century Cordial Glass With Opaque Twist Stem c1760

This 18th century gklass was made for the consumption of highly alcoholic cordials, liqueurs in the modern context, that are all medicinal!

£525.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Antique opaque twist wine glass from Scottish Antiques, the home of Georgian glass

£160.00

Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Opaque twist wine glasses and more Georgian glasware from the antique shop online

£185.00

Engraved 18th Century Diamond Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved 18th Century Diamond Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian opaque twist wine glass. The diamond moulding is reminiscent nipt diamond waies.

£220.00

18th Century  Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Antique wine glass, with a beautifully executed single series opaque twist . see more antique and vintage drinking glasses at the Scottish antique shop online

£230.00

Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Glass c1760

Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Glass c1760

An antique single series opaque twist with a bucket bowl, a rare form to say the least

£255.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine Georgian opaque twist wine glass. The finest of 18th century antique glassware at the Scottish antique shop online

£190.00

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

£650.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass

Cotton twist wine glasses for collectors from our online antique store

£230.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£155.00

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

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 Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

Georgian Wine Glass With Double Series Opaque Twist Stem c1760

Wine glasses from the age of elegance for glass collectors from the home of antique glassware online

£220.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Antique wine glass, with a beautifully executed single series opaque twist . see more antique and vintage drinking glasses at the Scottish antique shop online

£160.00

Jacobite Sympathy Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Jacobite Sympathy Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Antique 18th century wine glass engraved to demonstrate sympathy for Jacobite cause. Engraved antique drinking glasses with a story to tell, antique drinking glasses

£850.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Ale Glass c1760

Collectible antique opaque twist stemware. A wide selection of antique drinking glasses within our antique shop online

£320.00

Engraved Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th century wine glass with engraved flowers from our online antique store. Antique wine glasses to be used by the true glass collector

£340.00

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

£220.00

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

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

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

£110.00

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

A wine glass from the age of elegance for collectors

£110.00

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

£325.00

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

£220.00

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

£215.00

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