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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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A Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Ogee Wine Glass from c1760 in fantastic condition. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£160.00

A Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c 1760

A Georgian Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c 1760

A great Georgian single series opaque twist wine glass with ogee bowl and an unusual central air twist between the four spiraling opaque twists.

£190.00

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. An opaque twist with a bucket bowl

£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

Large Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Large Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian double series opaque twist wine glass with petal moulding dating to around 1760

£155.00

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

an 18th century opaque twist wine glass

£140.00

A Scottish Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1820

A Scottish Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1820

A form associated with the Edinburgh and leith glassworks

£135.00

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

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Opaque twist glasses, cotton twists to our American cousins are the most widely recognised of all Georgian wine glasses

£145.00

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

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

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

RESERVED SD- Engraved Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

RESERVED SD- 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

£185.00

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

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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