OPAQUE TWIST GLASSES

18th century Georgian opaque twist wine glasses came into fashion in the second half of the eighteenth century and were made using moulds into which white (and sometimes coloured) enamel strands were inserted. Clear glass was then poured into the mould and the resultant combination was then extended and twisted; probably through the intermediary step of producing a "carrot", a thick piece of stem containing enough glass when extended to produce multiple 18th century Georgian opaque twist stems.  The long, thin product was then cut up into individual lengths for use as stems.  Well over a hundred different twist combinations have been found, and the rare introduction of coloured enamel into the mix produced even more possibilities.  The glass on the right is a particularly desirable colour twist wine glass with an ogee bowl above a rare blue and white opaque twist stem with the white tape just edged with blue.



Double series opaque twist wine flute

Double series opaque twist wine flute

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, double series opaque twist wine glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1765.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the bowl and 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 trumpet-shaped bowl measuring 6.2 cm (2.5 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of seven spirally wound "cotton" enamel strands around a central twist of two enamel cords.  The stem leads to a conical foot...

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Price: £175.00

Double series opaque twist wine glass

Double series opaque twist wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, double series opaque twist wine glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1765.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the bowl and 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 rounded funnel-shaped bowl measuring 5.2 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of a spirally wound tape interleaved with a spirally wound gauze.  The stem leads to a wide, conical foot that measures 7 cm (2.8 inches) in...

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Price: £195.00

Double series opaque twist wine glass

Double series opaque twist wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, English, double series opaque twist wine glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1765.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the bowl and 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 rounded funnel-shaped bowl measuring 5.2 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and leads to a double series opaque twist stem consisting of a thirteen white "cotton" enamel strands wound around a central gauze.  The stem leads to a conical foot that measures 7 cm...

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Price: £195.00

Dutch double series opaque twist wine glass

Dutch double series opaque twist wine glass

This is what we believe to be a small, Continental (probably Dutch) Georgian, double series opaque twist wine glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1770.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the bowl and the rim of the foot consistent with some 250 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has an ovoid-shaped bowl measuring 5.2 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and leads to a double series opaque twist stem consisting of a three white enamel bands wound around a central gauze.  The stem leads to a conical foot that measures 6.4 cm...

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Price: £90.00

Dutch triple series opaque colour twist wine glass

Dutch triple series opaque colour twist wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, Continental (probably Dutch) engraved triple series colour twist wine glass dating from the mid 18th century, c1760.  
 
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 an ovoid-shaped bowl measuring 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is engraved with a trailing, fruiting vine and sits on a triple series colour twist stem consisting of two ruby and two white opaque enamel strands wound around a central gauze.  The stem leads to a conical foot which measures 6.3 cm (2.5...

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Price: £115.00

Engraved, opaque twist cordial glass

Engraved, opaque twist cordial glass

This is what we believe to be an English, Georgian, engraved, double series opaque twist stem cordial glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1765.   
 
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 over 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a small bucket-shaped bowl measuring 4.5 cm (1.8 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is engraved with a sprig of flowers and leaves and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of four enamel strands wound around a central gauze.   The stem leads to a conical foot that measures...

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Price: £750.00


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