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.



Large double series opaque twist wine glass or goblet

Large double series opaque twist wine glass or goblet

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, double series opaque twist wine goblet 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 base of the foot.
 
The glass has a large ogee-shaped bowl measuring 6.3 cm (2.5 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of nine "cotton" enamel strands wound around a central twist of two enamel cords.  The stem leads to a conical foot which measures 8.2 cm (3.3 inches) in diameter.   The...

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Price: £350.00

Scarce Georgian double series opaque twist ratafia glass

Scarce Georgian double series opaque twist ratafia glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, flute-moulded, double series opaque twist ratafia 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 base of the foot.
 
The glass has a narrow funnel-shaped bowl measuring 4.7 cm (1.9 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is flute-moulded to the lower half and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of ten "cotton" enamel strands wound around a central lace twist.  The stem leads to a conical foot which measures 7 cm (2.8 inches) in...

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Price: £875.00

Scarce Georgian DSOT tall ale glass, folded foot

Scarce Georgian DSOT tall ale glass, folded foot

This is what we believe to be a scarce 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 trumpet bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a double series opaque twist stem consisting of two lateral tapes wound around a central lace twist.  The stem leads to a conical, folded foot which measures 8 cm (3.2 inches) in diameter.  Folded feet are uncommon on opaque twist glasses and...

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Price: £325.00

Scarce Jacobite "Success to the Society" wine glass

Scarce Jacobite "Success to the Society" wine glass

This is what we believe to be a rare Georgian, Jacobite-engraved double series opaque twist wine glass dating from the mid-18th century, c1760.  The glass is engraved with the six-petal Jacobite rose with an open bud to the left of it and a closed bud to the right.  It shows a thistle to the reverse indicating its Scottish heritage.  The words "Success to the Society" are engraved under the rim.   It has become fashionable to indicate which of the engravers in Geoffrey Seddon's book - "The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses" - is responsible for the Jacobite engraving but my understanding is that the current working theory is that they were each produced by a team of engravers.  Having said that Seddon believes all such...

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Price: £1,950.00

Set of six double series opaque twist wine glasses

Set of six double series opaque twist wine glasses

This is what we believe to be a rare set of six double series opaque twist (DSOT) wine glasses dating from the mid 18th century, c1765.

The glasses are in excellent condition for their age. This means, of course, that they show the age related wear and tear to both the rims of the bowls and to the rims of the feet commensurate with 200+ years of use. They have rough pontil marks on the feet which are nicely striated as are the bowls.

The glasses have rounded funnel bowls measuring 5.5 cm (2.2 inches) in diameter at the rims. The bowls sit on double series opaque twist stems consisting of two broad tapes wound around a central twist of two enamel strands. The stems lead to conical feet which measure 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter. The glasses themselves are...

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Price: £1,500.00

Single series opaque twist ale glass

Single series opaque twist ale glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian single series opaque twist ale glass dating from the 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 foot consistent with 200+ years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has an extended rounded trumpet bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a single series opaque twist stem consisting of a wide gauze.  The stem leads to a conical foot which measures 6.9 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 16.8 cm (6.7 inches) in height.   It weighs 167...

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Price: £295.00


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