Opaque Twist Stems

Georgian opaque twist wine glasses are the second most common form of all Georgian glasses after classical plain stems and they are the easiest to recognise and have mesmerising variations in both pattern and colour. In the USA opaque twist glasses are often referred to as cotton twist stems, cotton twist glasses or simply 18th century twist stem glasses.

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 of a Georgian wine glass, particularly in non-lead glass examples of Dutch origin, 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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A Fine18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Fine18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Fine18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£180.00

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£210.00

A Dutch Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1790

A Dutch Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1790

A Dutch Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1790

£90.00

Large Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Large Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Large Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£295.00

A Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£220.00

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Glass

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Glass

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Glass

£195.00

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£180.00

A Rib Moulded 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Rib Moulded 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rib Moulded 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£325.00

A Fine Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Fine Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Fine Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£225.00

A Georgian Pan-topped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Pan-topped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Pan-topped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£265.00

Georgian Multi Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c 1760

Georgian Multi Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c 1760

Georgian Multi Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c 1760

£290.00

A Rare Bucket Bowl Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Rare Bucket Bowl Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Rare Bucket Bowl Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£320.00

A Spike Gadrooned Mead Glass c1765

A Spike Gadrooned Mead Glass c1765

A Spike Gadrooned Mead Glass c1765

£2,250.00

Engraved Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£225.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Stem Cordial Glass c1780

Double Series Opaque Twist Stem Cordial Glass c1780

Double Series Opaque Twist Stem Cordial Glass c1790

£540.00

Rococo Engraved double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1770

Rococo Engraved double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1770

Rococo Engraved double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1770

£265.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine petal moulded double series opaque twist Georgian wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£210.00

Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For a wide range of antique Georgian wine glasses including facet cut and baluster stem wine glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£230.00

Engraved And Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1775

Engraved And Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1775

Engraved And Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1775

£260.00

Engraved Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A petal moulded and engraved Georgian wine glass

£325.00

Multi Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Multi Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine multi series opaque twist Georgian wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£280.00

Very Tall Georgian Multi-Series Opaque Twist Glass c1760

Very Tall Georgian Multi-Series Opaque Twist Glass c1760

A very fine and tall opaque twist champagne flute of ale glass

£275.00

English Opaque Twist Glass Goblet c1760

English Opaque Twist Glass Goblet c1760

Georgian Double Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750. Very generous capacity. Fluted round funnel, bowl good pucella marks

£190.00

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