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Petal Moulded Bowl Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1760

Heading : A georgian opaque twist wine glass with a petal mouledc bowl
Period : George II- George III c1760
Origin : England 
Colour : Clear 
Bowl : Round funnel petal moulding to lower half
Stem : Four spiral tapes outside a multi plytwisted column
Foot : Conical
Pontil : Snapped
Glass Type : Lead 
Size :  14.7cm height,  4.5cm diameter bowl, 7.0 cm diameter foot 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks 
Restoration : None 
Weight:  122grams 

The capacity of wine glasses varied greatly from the reign of George I to William IV. Taxes on wine in England were first raised by Edward 1st in the late 13th century. They remained one of the go to sources of capital for the Monarch for centuries. The 18th century was a particularly costly period. From Queen Annes war in the American Colonies ( 1702-13) via the first Jacobite rebellion, the Quadruple Alliance, Jenkins Ear, the Seven Years war, the Americal Revolutionary war not more than a few years elapsed without the British Army and Navy being engaged in suppressing the natives somewhere in the world.

When we engaged in the Napoleonic wars and the embargo on French imports was imposed and the legal supply of an already heavily taxed comestible was adversely affected. Alternative supply routes were created via the "Free Traders" in coastal towns from Robin Hoods Bay to Hastings and Penzance.

The taxes imposed on imported wine to fund our forces were not reduced until 1811. The supply crisis did not alleviate overnight. There was a severe shortage of labour in France for the puropses of viticulture long after Old Boney was sent down to Saint Helena. Alternative sources had long been made available via British entrepeneurship, Port, Calcavella, Madeira, Moscato not to satisfy the nations sweet tooth, it was simply that sweet fortified wines were better preserved on arrival.

Currently the tax on wine in the Uk is anything between 50 percent and 25 percent subject to the origin of he wine, the alcoholic content and the price of the bottle. The more costly the wine less tax is paid proportionally, they are still getting it wrong!





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  • Product Code: 20020413
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  • £160.00

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