Antique George III Rare English Lead Glass Opaque Twist Wine Glass Goblet c1765 (Code 1628)
An mid 18th century Georgian period wine goblet with an opaque twist stem. It dates around 1765 and has a double series stem with central spiral gauze and a pair of outer tapes. The form of the glass copies the wine glasses of the period, except this goblet is significantly scaled up in capacity and bowl size. The bowl is of ogee shape and the foot is conical with the pontil scar being left rough. The glass is English lead type.
When this item was made glasses and wine were very expensive and only afforded by the rich. Glasses typically had very small capacities if they were used for wine or stronger drinks, due to a number of reasons. Drinking was often done as toasts so a small capacity worked well for this, especially when there were servants to refill the glasses. The high cost of fine wine and other drinks also suited smaller capacity glasses. Goblets such as this were made, but they are scarce and were made in far fewer numbers and would have been an extravagance. The capacity is pretty comparable with a current wine glass.
There are some captive air bubbles in the bowl, quite common for this time period. There is some minor fritting around the edge of the foot rim.
Height: 18.8 cm ( 7 3/8 inch )
Width: 7.8 cm ( 3 inch ) across rim
Weight: 330 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1628 FB19-2
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