Georgian Pair of Wine Drinking Glasses Hand-blown and Engraved, Circa 1790 For Sale
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Georgian Pair of Wine Drinking Glasses Hand-blown and Engraved, Circa 1790


These are a good pair of English, Georgian drinking glasses, sometimes called Dwarf Ale glasses, from the late 18th century. These glasses are individually handblown, from lead glass and as such are never identical and have slight differences in their detail and proportions. Glass A has a slightly wider diameter foot, otherwise they are very similar. 18th century lead glass is characterised by its soft grey color, its fairly heavy weight and the imperfections that occur naturally within the glass as part of the hand-blowing process. Each glass has a tall conical round funnel bowl which has been engraved with a trailing grape-vine pattern. The bowl sits on a short plain stem which has two cushion-ball knops beneath the bowl. The bottom of the stem tapers outwards and sits on a plain thick and wide foot which has a snapped-off pontil to the underside. For similar glasses please see page 252 of the Classic work by L M Bickerton, 18th century English drinking glasses, published by The Antique Collectors club. Dimensions in inches: A - Wider foot, diameter: 3 rim diameter: 2.38 height: 5.38 B - Foot diameter : 2.88 rim diameter: 2.38 height: 5.38 Both glasses have a nice ring to them when tapped.


  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    18th Century, hand blow glass has natural imperfections( striations, inclusions and small air bubbles) within it, as a result of the hand blowing process. This makes every glass individual and unique.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 5.38 in. x Dm 3 in.H 13.67 cm x Dm 7.62 cm
  • Diameter
    3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Lincoln, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    G 052 and G 130
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
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