Antique Georgian Toasting Champagne Glass c1740

£195.00 $247.55 Product Code: 2023031605

Technical Description 

An 18th century champagne toasting glass. Conical bowl above thin plain stem and a conical foot with a snapped pontil.

Date & Origin 

England, c1740. Period of George II.

Condition

Excellent condition, no chips cracks or restoration

Dimensions 

Height: 18.6cm Rim diameter: 5.5cm Foot diameter: 6.3cm.

Historical Context

Although a common form in the 18th century, relatively few have survived into the 21st century. The traditional "story" is is that once the glass had been used for a toast, it was considered good luck to smash the glass or break the stem so that it could never be used again. If true, then thankfully this was not always the case and a number have survived into today's modern world. The form and practice dates back to the 17th century when these glasses tended to be taller with incredibly thin stems.  

Hand-made around the time Grog was first issued to the Royal Navy in 1740

 

 

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