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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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Rare Bucket Bowl Opaque Twist Wine Glass

Rare Bucket Bowl Opaque Twist Wine Glass

The term rare is verifiable from our own online records. We have sold six bucket bowl opaque twist stems. We have sold 456 others. Simpy use the status toggle at the top of the page to see sold items.

£320.00

18th Century Multi Series Opaque Twist With Folded Foot c1750

18th Century Multi Series Opaque Twist With Folded Foot c1750

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

£375.00

A Pair Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glasses c1760

A Pair Georgian Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glasses c1760

A fine pair of antique opaque twist wine glasses, nowadays this capacity of bowl would be used for sherry, madeira or other fortified wine

£250.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

Eighteenth Century English drinking glasses an Illustrated Guide. By L.M Bickerton – Page 219 Plate 655. Glass By Geoffrey Wills – Page 30 Plate 37. See the glass for sale at the online antique store

£425.00

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

Large Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Large Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A large 18th century opaque twist wine glass. See more from the online antique store

£175.00

18th Century Opaque Twist wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist wine Glass c1760 from the antique store online

£175.00

A Very Fine Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Very Fine Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

This is a stunning twist combination and it is all the more pleasing when there is not there merest hint of any grinding and polishing. This is the best double series opaque we have seen for many moons.

£225.00

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

£145.00

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

£190.00

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

Engraved Georgian Opaque Twist Cordial Glass c1760

An excellent engraved antique opaque twist cordial glass for collectors

£375.00

Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£150.00

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Lynn Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£650.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

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

£185.00

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

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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