Antique Georgian Hollow Stem Excise Type Glass with OXO Etched Band Bowl c1745 (Code 1339)
This unusual dates to the reign of George II around 1745 making it early Georgian. It is made in lead glass and is an English example, the glass is bright for the period and of good quality.
The bowl is of rounded funnel shape and is larger than average for the period, and close to goblet proportions of this period. The bowl is etched with a swagged 'OXO' band which was a popular design in the mid to late 18th century but not used commonly on glasses. The foot is conical in form and the pontil is rough snapped as you would expect. The glass is of three part construction.
This glass is unusual in having a hollow formed stem - the stem is actually formed as a hollow tube rather than having an air tear introduced. These hollow stem glasses (often also referred to as an 'excise' glass) are considered by researchers to be a reaction to the imposition of a tax on glass (by weight) introduced in 1745. They conclude these glasses were an attempt to reduce the glass content and thus save money. This glass is quite lightly constructed for the period and weighs in at 146 grams which is perhaps about 25-35% lighter than the average plain stem of similar capacity so there may be something in this theory. That said these glasses are now very scarce so it is likely production was limited suggesting either that they were not very popular, or they didn't really end up making any great saving to the glass company
Light period wear with a few scratches. Foot construction not the finest and slightly out of true.
Height: 14.6 cm ( 5 3/4 inch )
Width: 7.4 cm ( 2 7/8 inch )
Weight: 144 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1339 OC17-2
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