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.



Single series opaque twist wine glass

Single series opaque twist wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, single series opaque twist wine glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1760.  
 
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 5.4 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and leads to a single series opaque twist stem consisting of a corkscrew tape and a conical foot that measures 7 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 15.2 cm (6.1 inches) in height.   There are no...

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Price: £225.00

Tall double series opaque twist ale glass, fluted bowl

Tall double series opaque twist ale glass, fluted bowl

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, flute-moulded double series opaque twist ale glass dating from the mid 18th century, c1765.  
 
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 extended rounded funnel bowl measuring 5.4 cm (2.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is vertically flute-moulded to the lower two thirds and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of thirteen "cotton" enamel strands wound around a central twist of two enamel cords.  The stem leads to a conical foot which measures...

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Price: £245.00

Tall double series opaque twist ale glass, rf bowl

Tall double series opaque twist ale glass, rf bowl

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, double series opaque twist ale glass dating from the mid 18th century, c1765.  
 
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 extended rounded funnel bowl measuring 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of two enamel cords wound around a central gauze.  The stem leads to a conical foot which measures 7.8 cm (3.1 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 19 cm  (7.6 inches) in height.   It...

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Price: £245.00


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