Wine Glasses

Victorian antique wine wine glasses are highly diverse in form and colour. Whole-coloured glasses can be found in many and varied hues: peacock blue, Bristol green, apple green, Bristol blue, yellow, amber, cranberry, ruby, amethyst, teal blue, turquoise, iridescent blue and the vivid uranium colours – and this list is by no means exhaustive. There is more variety within antique wine glasses from the Victorian era than any other.

 

As a general rule, the bowls of Victorian antique wine glasses were larger than those of their Georgian and Regency predecessors; in the 18th century, the price of wines fluctuated wildly with the political situation, mostly wars with the French and the imposition of taxation to fund them. In the 19th century the price of wine fell in real terms and the increased size of wine glass bowls gave greater license by which the artistry of engravers and new decorative techniques could be displayed upon a hand blown glass goblet with a large funnel bowl. A highly competitive and growing industry created a myriad of designs showing far broader scope than ever before.

 

Development in manufacturing processes also provides invaluable dating evidence for antique glass from the tell-tale marks left not only as pontil marks. The contours and profile within the foot of an antique wine glass, the shaped bowl, the method, type and style of engraving al provide dating indicators. Even the colour of the glass may be used as newly discovered metals were introduced into glassmaking. Bristol Green and cobalt blue provide no dating evidence in the 19th century. The same cannot be said for neodymium yellow for example.

 

With colours and bowl decorations to the fore, stems were somewhat overlooked; whereas the 18th century mantra seems to have been “the more knops the merrier” Victorian wine glass stems became comparatively plain, twist stems were deployed to a lesser degree on wine goblets. From the second quarter of the 19th century onwards, the extravagant designs of Bohemian glassmakers began to make an impact, with their penchant for intense colours and marbled glass, engraving and gilding setting the stage on which extravagant creations and a tranche of intensely-coloured hock glasses would find their niches. The somewhat inane perception of Victorians being universally staid and sombre is at odds with the nature of their richly cut glass, crystal glasses and with its hand painted polychromatic excesses, and any collection of 19th century wine glasses is sure to make for an eye-catching display. 

 



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A Pair of Uncommon Facet Cut Wine Glasses c1850

A Pair of Uncommon Facet Cut Wine Glasses c1850

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£150.00

Set of Six  Octagonal Venetian Revival Wine Glasses c1890

Set of Six Octagonal Venetian Revival Wine Glasses c1890

Set of Six Octagonal Venetian Revival Wine Glasses c1890

£250.00

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1840

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1840

Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Wine Glass c1840

£150.00

Rare James Powell & Sons Whitefriars Blue Opal Champagne Glass c1890

Rare James Powell & Sons Whitefriars Blue Opal Champagne Glass c1890

Rare James Powell & Sons Whitefriars Blue Opal Champagne Glass c1890

£225.00

A Victorian facet Cut Stem Wine Glass c1880

A Victorian facet Cut Stem Wine Glass c1880

A Victorian facet Cut Stem Wine Glass c1880

£35.00

Six Victorian Peacock Blue Wine Glasses c1865

Six Victorian Peacock Blue Wine Glasses c1865

Six Victorian Peacock Blue Wine Glasses c1865

£235.00

Two Victorian Green Wine Glasses

Two Victorian Green Wine Glasses

Two elegant green Victorian glasses originally intended for wine but in the 21st century more suited to sherry or port. Please note that this is a matched set and therefore there are slight variations in colour and dimensions

£80.00

A Set of Six Victorian Peacock Blue Wine Glasses c1855

A Set of Six Victorian Peacock Blue Wine Glasses c1855

A Set of Six Victorian wine glasses c1855

£265.00

Four Slice Cut Green Wine Glasses c1840

Four Slice Cut Green Wine Glasses c1840

Four Slice Cut Green Wine Glasses c1840

£175.00

Four Emerald Green Wine Glasses 1825-50

Four Emerald Green Wine Glasses 1825-50

Four Emerald Green Wine Glasses 1825-50

£225.00

A Very Fine Set Of Four Teal Blue Wine Glasses c1870

A Very Fine Set Of Four Teal Blue Wine Glasses c1870

A Very Fine Set Of Four Teal Blue Victorian Wine Glasses c1870

£275.00

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