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

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

Heading : Double series opaque twist stem cordial glass with rib moulding 
Period : George II / George III - c1760-1790
Origin : Probably England possibly Ireland
Colour : Clear, good grey bluw hue.
Bowl : Round funnel with solid basal section. The bowl is rib moulded 
Stem : Double series opaque twist 
Stem Features : A pair of corkscrew tapes outwith a pair of spiral tapes 
Foot : Conical 
Pontil : Snapped
Glass Type : Lead
Size :  14.5cm height, 4.6cm diameter bowl, 6.5cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight: 139

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 years. The parliamentary register of 1779 details numerous debates on both the Irish glass and wool industry. There was a complete embargo on the exportation of glass and wool form Ireland. Only "British" glass could be imported into Ireland. The parliamentary record clearly states that Ireland was a huge importer of glassware and that fledgling local manufactories were incapable of meeting internal demand. The possibility that Ireland may one day be in a  position to export glass was openly derided.The use of wood to fire glass furnaces in Ireland had been banned in the 18th century. Coal was permitted however the mines were for the most part British owned and coal was taxed. Coal was also in short supply in Ireland, there were more mines on the Cannock Chase than in the whole of Ireland.

It is no coincidence that the major Irish glass industries grew up for the most part around ports.Alice Murray states that no glass was exported from Ireland before 1782, there are no records of export and production capabilities were naive. Thus there are seemingly highly disproportionate quantities of glass attributed to Ireland and purportedly made prior to 1770 and the advent of the Tyrone and Belfast glassworks founded by Benjamin Edwards in the early 1770s and 1775 respectively.

Free trade agreements stimulated considerable investment in the industry and the Penrose family grasped the opportunities presented and opened a factory at Waterford in 1783.

When drinking glasses were finally exported from Ireland the vast majority went to the Americas, not Europe.

Reference: History of Commercial and Financial Relations Between England and Ireland, Alice Murray p278

Common Sense 101.


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