Pair Antique 19th Century French Absinth Glasses c1850

£150.00 $204.33 Product Code: 2020102502

Date & Origin 

England, c1850. Period of Victoria

Condition

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

Dimensions 

Height: 14cm Rim diameter: 5.3cm, Foot diameter: 6.7cm.

Weight

Lead glass 498 grams the pair

Technical Description 

A superb pair of 19th century Absinth glasses.

They have incurved deceptive bucket bowls with a solid base. A band of deep flutes cuts to the lower half of the bowl above large ball knop stems. Conical feet with polished pontils.

A very rare form.

Historical Relevance 

Robert Stephenson's Britannia Tubular Bridge is opened. The Tubular Bridge provided a rail link from the mainland of North Wales, near Bangor, across to Anglesey and on to Holyhead for ferries to Ireland. Its designer, Robert Stephenson, constructed two main spans with rectangular iron tubes 460 feet long. The bridge itself was 1,511 feet overall and novel in construction since the box sections were constructed on shore and then floated into the straits to be lifted into place.

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