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Victorian Lens Cut Gin Glasses c1840

Heading : Gin glass
Date : 1830 - 1850
Period : Victoria
Origin : England
Colour : Clear
Bowl : Deceptive found funnel bowl with lens cuts
Foot : Conical
Pontil : Polished
Glass Type : Lead
Size : 10.1cm tall with a 5cm bowl and 6.2cm foot   
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks
Restoration : None
Weight : 207 grams

Additional Information : By the late Regency and early Victorian period gin was back. The population of London increased from 1.4M to 2.8M between the census of 1831 and 1861. Overcrowding, poverty, criminality, vice and despair, in the same slums and "rookeries" as earlier periods making you want or need a gin! These glasses are "Two Penny Gins", larger than the more common 'Penny Gins'. A glass measure would cost but a penny or two, but it was not a set measure. The "sham dram" was born, this glass is highly deceptive and the purchaser would receive less gin than anticipated.

Drunk for a penny. Dead drunk for two pence. Clean straw for nothing. See Hogarth

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  • Product Code: 2018030522
  • Availability: Sold
  • £28.00

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