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Wine Glasses

Victorian 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 wines 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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Four Bristol Green Wine Glasses c1900

Four Bristol Green Wine Glasses c1900

The rigde on the stem left by a footboard is quite evident. These mimic the early 19th century equivalents in many respects. Such styles were adopted by the Antique English Glass Company, Hill Ousten, James Powell and numerous others on the continent.

£95.00

Four Roemer Style Wine Glasses c1900

Four Roemer Style Wine Glasses c1900

All too frequently described as being "Georgian". The decoration on the feet was applied on a threading machine not trailed by hand. The even distribution of the threads and monotonic thickness of the trailing is a sure-fire indicator. The were

£95.00

Set of four Victorian Green Wine Glasses

Set of four Victorian Green Wine Glasses

An elegant set of four 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

£90.00

Six Victorian Uranium Yellow Wine Glasses c1850

Six Victorian Uranium Yellow Wine Glasses c1850

A fantastic set of six Victorian uranium wine glasses which you will find on our online antique glass specialist store scottishantiques.com

£155.00

Set of Six Uranium Green Wine Glasses c1880

Set of Six Uranium Green Wine Glasses c1880

A stunning set of six Victorian uranium green wine glasses with petal cut bowls. This type of glass is coloured by adding a small amount of uranium to the melt usually around 2% by mass.

£125.00

A Set of Eight James Powell & Sons Red Wine Glasses c1880/90

A Set of Eight James Powell & Sons Red Wine Glasses c1880/90

A set of eight Six James Powell, Whitefriars red wine glasses designed by Harry Powell in 1880. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£270.00

Three Facet Cut Wine Glasses c1840

Three Facet Cut Wine Glasses c1840

A fine set of antique facet cut wine glasses in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian wine glasses, Georgian drinking glasses, and Victorian glassware please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£165.00

A Rock Crystal Cut Glass c1895

A Rock Crystal Cut Glass c1895

A fine rock crystal wine glass from c1895 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Victorian wine glasses, other Victorian drinking glasses, and a wide range of Georgian glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£45.00

Victorian Plain Stemmed Wine Glass

Victorian Plain Stemmed Wine Glass

A very fine Victorian plain stemmed wine glass from c1740 in excellent condition

£38.00

A Tall Late 19th Century Engraved Glass Goblet

A Tall Late 19th Century Engraved Glass Goblet

A tall late 19th continental facet cut stem and engraved wine glass. For more antique Victorian drinking glasses, Georgian wine glasses, and a wide range of antique silverware and porcelain please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£85.00

Four Victorian Turquoise Wine Glasses c1890

Four Victorian Turquoise Wine Glasses c1890

A stunning set of four regency period peacock blue wine glasses which can be found on our on-line store at Scottish Antiques

£125.00

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