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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Rare Variant Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare Variant Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare Variant Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass

£180.00

Engraved and Polished Georgian Opaque Twist Short Wine Glass c1760

Engraved and Polished Georgian Opaque Twist Short Wine Glass c1760

Engraved and Polished Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£155.00

Rare Georgian Rib and Hammer Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare Georgian Rib and Hammer Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare Georgian Rib and Hammer Moulded Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£240.00

Rare Very Tall Georgian Multi-Spiral Opaque Twist Glass c1760

Rare Very Tall Georgian Multi-Spiral Opaque Twist Glass c1760

Rare Very Tall Georgian Multi-Spiral Opaque Twist Glass c1760

£240.00

Rare 18th Century Multi Spiral Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Rare 18th Century Multi Spiral Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

Rare 18th Century Multi Spiral Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1750

£365.00

Georgian Rib Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Rib Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Rib Moulded Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£225.00

A Large 18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Large 18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Large 18th Century Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£240.00

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass with Lynn Rings c1760

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass with Lynn Rings c1760

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass with Lynn Rings c1760

£625.00

Rare Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

Rare Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

Rare Colour Twist Wine Glass c1780

£1,250.00

A Fine Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Fine Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Fine Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£250.00

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£145.00

Georgian Pan Topped Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Pan Topped Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Pan Topped Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£275.00

Rare 18th Century Multi Spiral Opaque Twist Wine Glass with Folded Foot c1750

Rare 18th Century Multi Spiral Opaque Twist Wine Glass with Folded Foot c1750

Rare 18th Century Multi Spiral Opaque Twist Wine Glass with Folded Foot c1750

£375.00

An Antique Rib Moulded Georgian Opaque Twisr Stem Wine Glass c1760

An Antique Rib Moulded Georgian Opaque Twisr Stem Wine Glass c1760

An Antique Rib Moulded Georgian Opaque Twisr Stem Wine Glass c1760

£170.00

A Rib Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Rib Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Rib Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£170.00

18th Century European Opaque Twist Wine Glass

18th Century European Opaque Twist Wine Glass

18th Century European Opaque Twist Wine Glass

£110.00

Georgian Knopped Multi Series Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Knopped Multi Series Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Knopped Multi Series Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£260.00

18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Toasting Glass c1760

18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Toasting Glass c1760

18th Century Single Series Opaque Twist Toasting Glass c1760

£375.00

A Georgian Wine Goblet With Opaque Twist Stem c1760

A Georgian Wine Goblet With Opaque Twist Stem c1760

A Georgian Wine Goblet With Opaque Twist Stem c1760

£395.00

A Prodigious Opaque Twist Stem Goblet c1760

A Prodigious Opaque Twist Stem Goblet c1760

A Prodigious Opaque Twist Stem Goblet c1760

£425.00

A Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Petal Moulded Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£135.00

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass

£220.00

A North European Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1780

A North European Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1780

A North European Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1780

£140.00

A Single Series Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Single Series Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

A Single Series Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£220.00

An Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

An Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

An Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

£275.00

A Stunning 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Stunning 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Stunning 18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£180.00

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

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

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

£350.00

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

18th Century Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£150.00

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Rib Moulded Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£110.00

Antique Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Flute c1760

Antique Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Flute c1760

One of many antique wine glasses to be found in our online store

£190.00

Opaque Twist Georgian Cordial Glass c1760

Opaque Twist Georgian Cordial Glass c1760

Opaque Twist Georgian Cordial Glass c1760

£425.00

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

£160.00

An Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Flute c1760

An Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Flute c1760

Opaque Twist Stem Champagne Flute, one of many twist stem antique wine glasses for sale

£135.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian wine glass. One of many antique twist stem wine glasses within our online store

£165.00

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