Engraved "Scottish" Opaque Twist Wine Glass c1870

£220.00 $299.68 Product Code: 2020030801

Date & Origin 

England, c1870. Period of Victoria

Condition

Excellent, age-related wear as shown, no chips cracks or restoration.

Dimensions 

Height: 18.4cm Rim diameter: 6.8cm rim Foot diameter: 7cm.

Technical Description 

A superb 'Scottish Type' opaque twist wine glass dating to c1870. It has a lipped conical bowl engraved with flowering vines above a shoulder blade knop. Sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of a pair of spiral threads outside a multiply corkscrew. Conical foot with polished pontil.

Historical Relevance 

This particular form of drinking glass has traditionally been referred to as a "Scottish" opaque twist. I must be honest in saying I've never seen any documented evidence which can back up this claim but what can be said is that the form is consistent and almost certainly they all came out of the same glassworks over approx a 50 year period. A significantly high proportion tend to have conical bowls, they always have a shoulder blade knop and a thinner than normal opaque twist stem. A few are engraved and a few are single series and a few have snapped pontils, but the basic form is consistent.

Being Scottish myself, it would be nice to think that they came out of one of the three glassworks based in Leith, Edinburgh in the first half of the 19th century but unfortunately, to my knowledge, their pattern books don't exist from this time period.

 

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