FIRING GLASSES

Firing glasses were small glasses with thick feet and short stems which were designed for toasting.  Toasting was common at any get together in the eighteenth century, especially at mens' clubs.  The contents of the glass were drunk in a single toast and the glass was then slammed down onto the table.  The resultant sound from so many glasses being slammed was similar to a ragged musket volley and hence the term firing glasses.   The glass on the right is a particularly nice opaque twist firing glass with a fluted ogee bowl.



Deceptive or toastmaster's plain stem firing glass

Deceptive or toastmaster's plain stem firing glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, large, deceptive or toastmaster's plain stem firing glass dating from the mid 18th century, c1750.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with some 250+ years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a small ovoid bowl measuring 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain but thickens quickly towards the base to disguise the small amount of liquor it would contain.  The bowl sits on a thick plain stem, which leads to a broad, thick firing foot which measures 8 cm (3.2 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 12.8...

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Price: £115.00

Funnel bowl plain stem firing glass

Funnel bowl plain stem firing glass

This is what we believe to be a late Georgian plain stem firing glass dating from the late 18th century, c1780.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 200+ years of use. 
 
The glass has a funnel bowl measuring 4.7 cm (1.9 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is thickened towards the base.  The bowl sits on an extruded thick, plain stem which leads to a firing foot which measures 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter and sports a rough pontil mark to the base.  The glass itself is 11.2 cm (4.5 inches) in height.  It weighs 184 g. (~ 6 1/2 oz.). ...

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Price: £75.00


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