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.
Excellent condition, no chips cracks or restoration
Height: 18.6cm Rim diameter: 5.5cm Foot diameter: 6.3cm.
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