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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 Very Fine Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Very Fine Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£175.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

A very fine 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.

£155.00

Elegant Single Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Elegant Single Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

A very fine double series opaque twist 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.

£260.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Rib Moulded Georgian Cordial Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Rib Moulded Georgian Cordial Glass c1760

A very fine double series opaque twist rib moulded cordial glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glass including Georgian wine glasses, Georgian drinking glasses, and much more please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£390.00

Double Series Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Double Series Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£165.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

A very fine 18th century wine glass with a double series opaque twist stem. For more Georgian drinking glasses and a wide range of other antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£295.00

Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

A very fine double series opaque twist wine glass with rib moulding. For more Georgian drinking glasses including antique wine, ale, and rummer glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine 18th century rib moulded double series opaque twist wine glass in good condition. For more Georgian wine glasses including air twist stems, baluster stems, and balustroid stems please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£140.00

Georgian Style Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1920

Georgian Style Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1920

A very fine 20th century reproduction Georgian style double series opaque twist wine glass excellent condition. For more antique Georgian drinking glasses, Victorian drinking glasses, and a wide range of antique silverware and porcelain please visit Scott

£110.00

Wheel Engraved Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Wheel Engraved Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Wheel engraved opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more Georgian wine glasses including air twist stems, facet cut stems, and balustroid stems please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine Georgian wine glass with an opaque twist stem in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£280.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A beautiful Georgian opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique Georgian wine glasses including facet cut stem and baluster stem glasses along with a wide range of coloured glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£280.00

Georgian Pan Top Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Pan Top Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian pan top opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses including, among others, facet cut stems, baluster stems, and air twist stems please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£350.00

Rare Triple Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare Triple Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A stunning and rare triple series opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including art glass, air twist, and baluster stem wine glasses as well as a variety of other antique wares please visit Scottish Antiqu

£485.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A fine Georgian opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in good condition. For our wide range of antique Georgian drinking glasses and other tableware including silverware and porcelain as well as a wide range of air twist stems, baluster stems, and other Geo

£145.00

18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine and unusual opaque twist wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For our wide range of Georgian drinking glasses including air twist, baluster, and balustroid stems among others as well as a wide range of silverware and porcelain please

£145.00

Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian double series opaque twist wine glass in excellent condition. For our wide range of Georgian drinking glasses including air twist stems as well as a range of porcelain and silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

Very Large Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Goblet c1760

Very Large Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Goblet c1760

A behemoth of an opaque twist goblet from c1770 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including air twist and other Georgian wine glasses and art glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

Large Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Petal Moulded Bowl c1760

Large Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Petal Moulded Bowl c1760

A very fine opaque twist wine glass with rib moulding from c1760 in excellent condition. For a wide range of art glass, Georgian drinking glasses, porcelain, and silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£210.00

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian opaque twist wine glass in excellent condition. For more Georgian wine and Georgian drinking glasses please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£525.00

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.

£285.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

This very fine antique Georgian opaque twist wine glass can be seen in finer detail on our scottishantiques.com online antique glassware store.

£195.00

A Regency Period Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1820

A Regency Period Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1820

A Scottish Regency, Leith, opaque twist wine glass from c1820. Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£150.00

A Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Waisted Bucket Bowl c1760

A Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Waisted Bucket Bowl c1760

A superb 18th century wine glass with a single series opaque twist. For more Georgian wine glasses including baluster stems, air twist stems, and facet cut stems please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£290.00

A Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

The stem features a 10 ply spiral band outside thre corkscrew threads

£155.00

Tall Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Fluke Air Threads  c1760

Tall Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Fluke Air Threads c1760

Tall Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Fluke Air Threads c1760

£280.00

Single Series opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Single Series opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A beautiful Georgian wine glass with a single series stem and bucket bowl

£350.00

A Pan Top Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Pan Top Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A single six ply spiral band outside a pair of corkscrew tapes. There is also a thread of airtwist set between the corkscrews. The peters out half an inch above the base and is nothing more than a pleasing fluke

£370.00

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£575.00

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

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