Date & Origin
England, c1740. Period of George II.
Excellent, age-related wear as shown.
Height: 16.4cm Rim diameter: 6.4cm Foot diameter: 7.3cm.
An engraved 18th century plain stem ale or wine glass. The drawn ogee bowl is engraved with hops and barley in saltire. This would usually be found on ale glasses and generally tells us the intended use of the glass, This unusual example may have been custom made as an ale glass in the form of a wine glass. The generous size of the bowl would allow this. This excellent two-piece glass is supported by a plain stem and a conical folded foot with a rough pontil.
As can be seen, the engravings come quite close to the rim, which is unusual on a taller ale glass, however being of wine proportions, the smaller surface area has been maximised. The rim thickens as expected and the engravings in a few places encroach on this area, which is again what you would expect to see. A fine well-proportioned glass with a large bowl.
Hand-blown around the time of the War of Jenkins' Ear from 1739 to 1748.