All of the antique glass items here on the Portobello Glass website are for sale sold items are then put in the Archives section. We have much more stock than is pictured here, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for or have any questions about what you do see, simply contact Susan directly. She’ll always do her best to help you. Please mention this website when you get in touch. If you have a glass item that you want an ‘opinion’ of value, you can bring it in person to the shop. The Georgian Period : covers the years , including the Regency, , during which the first four Georges reigned as Kings of England. During this time the English became famous for the excellence of their “glass of lead”.

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Much has been written about Baluster glasses and their evolution – mostly repeated from publications that are now between 50 and years out of date. Over the years I have been very fortunate to have been in frequent contact with several eminent researchers and writers on the subject of early English glass and its development. This has allowed me to keep abreast of the latest information – knowledge that I am always pleased to share with those of similar interests.

As the 17 th century progressed towards its end the uniquely English Balusters began to appear. Makers discovered that the slower cooling and therefore more workable lead metal lent itself perfectly to the creation of the many wonderful heavier and stronger, boldly knopped Baluster glasses that are much admired and collected today.

Apr 25, – Antiques Atlas – Georgian Opaque Twist Wine Glass C Opaque Twist Wine Glass and other Drinking Glasses products from Exhibit Antiques An excellent antique cotton twist wine glass dating to the mid 18th century.

It is wise for prospective collectors to temper their expectations of finding what they seek accordingly, particularly those with a passion for – or a myopic focus on – antique drinking glasses. To strike a pedantic pose for a moment, the first Hanoverian King, George I did not ascend to the throne until , and strictly speaking glass produced before this date should be termed according to either the incumbent monarch of the time, Queen Anne, William and Mary and so on, or the less specific epithet of the Stuart period if an exact date cannot be assigned to a particular piece and a degree of latitude is therefore required this encompasses the years to George’s coronation.

We are frequently asked about the possibility of making available for sale one of George Ravenscroft’s original goblets or posset pots – crizzled or otherwise – but thus far this remains no more than a tantalising possibility and a fervent hope – it would be enough to simply hold one of these cherished pieces for a moment, let alone to be charged with its disposal!

Subsequent glasses with provenance and claims to have been made under the stewardship of Hawley Bishopp and Francis Ravenscroft at Henley on Thames have not stood up to the academic scrutiny of domain experts and have been sold with their purported attributes as espoused by vendors being wholly unsubstantiated, with their tacit approval we hope, by some major auction houses. It is not always possible to determine the country of origin of some antique drinking glasses.

Plain and spiked gadrooning may be found in both English and continental non-lead glass and so is no aid to determining provenance. Flammiform bowls and propeller stems, hollow stems with funnel-bowls and pieces with narrow folded feet were produced in Italy, throughout the Low Countries and by English glasshouses alike and are similarly non-specific. Designs were clearly shared and copied across the continent by manufacturers of equivalent competence using comparable materials and processes so the potential for mis-identification is significant.

When lead oxide became a constituent part of glass manufacture the process of identification was somewhat simplified. Drinking glass stems became less complex, pieces became heavier and mereses evolved into the baluster knop in the hands of English craftsmen – again to be emulated by the Lauenstein glasshouse and others. In addition to the above, Dutch and German Roemer glasses from the mid seventeenth century and Venise or Facon de Venise examples are occasionally acquired or made available to us for sale from private collections.

Pictured below are some of the seventeenth century and earlier drinking glasses that we have for sale.

Georgian Glassware

An elegant pair of antique champagne saucers or coupes dating from the late Victorian era circa This lovely, very usable pair is made of clear glass with thumb cut bowls and a hexagonal section faceted baluster stem. They have polished pontils on a wide plain foot for stability.

A pair of Victorian Roemer etched vine leaf glasses and a Georgian English Bristol wine glass with Raspberry Prunts c.1,, convex bowl with.

These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only. You can reduce the number of items displayed by entering a keyword that must be included in the description of the item. A pair of Victorian ruby glass liqueur glasses painted with a grapewine decoration 9 cm high Show 4 more like this.

A collection of fourteen Bristol green glasses, 19th century all with a short stem, raised on a circular foot, varying shaped bowls the largest 13 cm high. Six pieces of antique cranberry glass including a sugar castor, lidded jar and 2 wine glasses, 14 cm high approx tallest. Victorian Milk Glass hand painted goblet hand painted floral decoration to bowl, with knopped stem, to circular foot, circa s, height 19 cm.

Georgian Table Glass

The glass of fashion and the mould of form : Hamlet, iii. First published January New Impression March Diffuseness has been avoided, but this, I hope, has enabled me to make the book the more lucid, as well as the more succinct. At any rate, it affords hints, general rules, and warnings more numerous and more practical than any published until now; I have also tried to give to it a quality which reviewers have found present in my other books on Collecting—that is, a simplicity and clearness of explanation, done at the most difficult and necessary points, and in an interesting way.

Moreover, this book has had the great advantage of revision before printing by Mr. Collins, of 53 the Lanes, Brighton, a pupil of Mr.

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Georgian Air Twist Drinking Glasses c. Historically an air twist is a type of decoration exhibited in the stems of 18th-century antique drinking glasses and other stemmed tableware of the era. The terminology is almost exclusively related to those glasses produced in England between c. The ‘ air twist ‘ is a named subcategory of English drinking glasses within historical documents, denoted as ‘wormed glasses’.

Later resurgences of the air twist style are an indication of their lasting popularity. The Excise Act of is very often heralded as the propelling factor in the glassmaker’s advancements, a driving force of experimentation. However, this taxation was levied against raw materials and whilst this led to a heavy financial burden in the English glass industry, it was most certainly not the driving factor of the glassmaker’s ingenuity and inspiration.

In , after a determined campaign by the glass manufactures, the excise duty was changed to apply to the finished glass goods, rather than the raw materials. It was not until after a century of taxation that Parliament finally repealed the Glass Excise. Exhibit Antiques Air Trap : A contained bubble of air commonly referred to as an air bead or air tear depending upon the shape. A somewhat logical evolution of the air trap, an air twist stem was created using one of two methods; i One or multiple small indents are pressed into a gather of molten glass using a tool or mould, a second gather of glass is then layered on top.

The viscosity of molten glass is high enough so that the second layer does not seep into the indented air pockets.

Dating antique drinking glasses

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Rare Annular Collar 18th Century Baluster Wine Glass c – Drinking Glasses | Exhibit Antiques. Antique Georgian Blue Wine Glass Date. Open.

The information below has been distilled from a variety of sources, most notably from “Miller’s antique checklist – Glass” by Mark West, and “Eighteenth Century English drinking-glasses an illustrated guide ” by L M Bickerton full publication details of which you will find in the “books” section of “glass notes” , both of which books we recommend if this is a field in which you are thinking of starting a collection. Several of the shapes below have been reproduced in later periods.

During the s and s, there was a big revival in interest in Georgian and Regency styles, and the kuttrolf or cluck-cluck was produced for many years after the second World War by Holmegaard. For this reason, shape alone should not be the sole criterion when attempting to date a decanter. The colour and clarity of the metal, skill of execution, wear-marks etc.

Shape Period Funnel or conical – some examples to end s Bell – Ovoid onward Rounded onward. Feature Period Wrythen moulding – brief revival c Copper-wheel engraving onward more sophisticated by late s Enamelling onward Facet-cutting onward. Feature Period Folded foot – brief revival c Ground pontil on faceted stem wines – Ground pontil on other glasses – c Square foot early s Gadget mark c onward Gadget mark disappears c N.

Antique Drinking Glasses

Scottish Georgian cordial. This Jacobite engraved glass has a rare variation of the Jacobite rose. Georgian 18th century wine glass with a tale to tell. A fine, engraved Georgian round funnel bowl wine glass dating to circa , the stem of double series opaque twist form, comprising a 15 ply spiral band outside a pair of heavy spiral threads. Description from pinterest.

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To ensure you the best experience, we use cookies on our website for technical, analytical and marketing purposes. By continuing to browse our site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. English drinking glasses have a long collecting pedigree. Certain types have been sought out for many centuries as ceremonial accoutrements, but the idea of collecting them as objects of antique interest goes back at least to the 19th century.

By , the antiquarian Albert Hartshorne had published Old English Glasses: An account of glass drinking vessels in England, from early times to the end of the eighteenth century. This seminal work provided the first attempt at classification of 18th century glasses, the sector which makes up the biggest slice of this particular market. Up to the mids, English glasses, like their Continental counterparts, were made of soda glass producing thinly constructed, lightweight vessels of fluid design.

The patenting by George Ravenscroft in his London Savoy workshop of glass made with lead oxide produced a much heavier, clearer product that responded well to cutting and engraving. From a luxury product for the very rich, glass gradually became more widely produced and affordable.


Toggle navigation Main Menu. Factor in the availability of genuine pieces that have been repaired or ground down for resale as undamaged, and the general misdirection, mislabeling or simple and wholly innocent ignorance which may lead pieces being sold under erroneous descriptions for inaccurate pricing, and you have a minefield sufficiently well-set to catch out even experienced collectors, let alone the novice.

There are, however, a few general guidelines that should stand you in good stead, and a bit of preparatory work will enable you to avoid all but the most deliberate and subtly-orchestrated instances of misdirection. Firstly — remember what it is that you are buying.

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You can thank George Ravenscroft for the astonishing variety of antique drinking glasses we have today. The Englishman was first to produce clear lead crystal glassware on an industrial scale, vastly improving the process of adding lead oxide to glass in A glass revolution was started and the first goblet to sit on the shelves of antique drinks cabinets across the country was developed – the baluster. But what exactly are they collecting? Antique baluster glasses Heavy balusters or goblets were all the rage between and The feet of these antique drinking glasses were folded and domed to strengthen the vessel.

Antique balustroid glasses Lighter versions of balusters were introduced in the 18th century, due to taxes imposed according to the weight of the glass. These new antique wine glasses were known as balustroids, distinguishable by their hollow stem complete with bubble of air.

How to Identify 18th Century English Drinking Glasses, and Book Review