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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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Triple Knop Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Triple Knop Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

An exceptional 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.

£425.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1800

Double Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1800

A very fine double series opaque twist wine glass from c1800 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Georgian drinking glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

Double SeriesOpaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Double SeriesOpaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

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

£120.00

Saucer Topped Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Saucer Topped Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A very fine saucer topped single 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.

£375.00

Opaque Twist Ratafia Glass c1760

Opaque Twist Ratafia Glass c1760

The absence of any wear on the rim of the bowl indicates that this may have been polished. There is correspondingly little wear on the foot but there is no evidence of polishing. This will have been little used.

£575.00

An Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Petal Moulded Bowl c1760

An Opaque Twist Wine Glass With Petal Moulded Bowl c1760

This is a perfect example of a chip that could be resin filled if required. We do not believe that it is necessary and it is for the buyer to decide

£110.00

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

Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

A Georgian opaque twist wine glass

£190.00

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.

£225.00

Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Single Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

The epoxy resin fill was undertaken by Tiago Oliveira. This is constructive restoration the maximum dimensions of the foot remain unchanged. The diameter of the foot would have reduced by 6mm at best had this been ground and polished

£185.00

Engraved Single Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Engraved Single Series Opaque Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

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

£275.00

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

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Double series opaque twist with central knop - pair of spiral tapes outwith a pair of spiral threads.

£275.00

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

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.

£290.00

Rare Blue and White Colour Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

Rare Blue and White Colour Twist Georgian Wine Glass c1760

A very fine and rare colour twist Georgian wine glass from c1760 in excellent condition. For more Georgian drinking glasses including opaque twists, air twist, and baluster stem wine glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£2,600.00

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

£325.00

Double Series Opaque Twist Rib Moulded Georgian Cordial Glass c1760-1790

Double Series Opaque Twist Rib Moulded Georgian Cordial Glass c1760-1790

This may be an Irish example in which case the production date will be at the latter end of the date range. Lead glass was first produced in Ireland at the end of the 17th century by one Captain Roche who founded the Dublin Glass house. Step forward 80

£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. This peters out half an inch above the base and is nothing more than a pleasing fluke

£270.00

Rare Petal Moulded and Engraved Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Rare Petal Moulded and Engraved Double Series Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

The elements within the spiral band becomes more divergent as they climb the stem. This is most appealing

£325.00

Pan Topped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Pan Topped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760

Georgian Pan Topped Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1760. Please watch out for online images taken from well below the rim of a wine glass. This exploits a parallax errox and it will make the foot look larger relative to the more distant bowl. An artistic form o

£260.00

Georgian Double Opaque Twist Glass Goblet c1760

Georgian Double Opaque Twist Glass Goblet c1760

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

£230.00

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

£315.00

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