BALUSTERS & BALUSTROIDS

18th century Georgiian baluster glasses were so called because the initial stems reflected that shape, starting thin at the top and swelling as they descended to the foot.  They were soon replaced by the inverted baluster with the swelling at the top, making it easier to keep hold of the glass.  Over time all sorts of different knop shapes were introduced to the stem.  As the eighteenth century progressed and penalties were imposed on glass according to its weight, the size of the knops on these heavy Georgian baluster glasses grew smaller and arguably more elegant, and the resultant glasses were known as light balusters or just balusters.  As they became not much more than swellings to the stem, the term balustroid was accorded them.  The glass to the right is a very nice, Georgian, deceptive, heavy baluster dram glass with a ball knop and folded, conical foot.



Early baluster wine glass, angular knop

Early baluster wine glass, angular knop

This is what we believe to be a Georgian heavy baluster wine glass dating from the early 18th century, c1725.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot consistent with nearly 300 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a funnel-shaped bowl measuring 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain with a heavy, solid bottom and sits on an angular knop above a teared true baluster and a conical, folded foot which measures 7.1 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 14.9 cm  (6 inches) in height.   It weighs 187 g. (~ 6 3/4 oz.).   There are no...

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Price: £1,650.00

Engraved "Newcastle" light baluster wine glass

Engraved "Newcastle" light baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, engraved, "Newcastle" light baluster wine glass dating from the middle of the 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 a rounded funnel bowl measuring 7.3 cm (2.9 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is engraved under the rim with a series of three baskets of flowers interspersed with garlands.   The bowl sits on a short piece of plain stem, an angular knop, another short piece of plain stem, an inverted baluster with a teared knop and a...

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Price: £975.00

George I heavy baluster wine glass

George I heavy baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian small heavy baluster wine glass dating from the early 18th century, c1720.  
 
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 300 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a rounded funnel-shaped bowl measuring 6.2 cm (2.5 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain with a solid, heavy bottom containing an air tear.  The bowl sits on an inverted baluster stem through which the air tear continues and a basal knop.  The stem leads to a conical, folded foot which measures 7.1 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter.  The glass is...

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Price: £1,250.00

Georgian engraved "Newcastle" light baluster wine glass

Georgian engraved "Newcastle" light baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian "Newcastle" light baluster wine glass dating from the mid 18th century, c1750.  
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot commensurate with 250+ years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl.
 
The glass has a bell-shaped bowl measuring 7.8 cm (3.1 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is engraved with a formal border in the form of a trailing vine complete with perched birds.  The bowl sits on a short section of plain stem which leads in turn to a teared ball...

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Price: £1,250.00

Georgian soda light baluster wine glass

Georgian soda light baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, light baluster wine glass dating from the early to mid 18th century, c1740, and possibly Continental in origin.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the base commensurate with some 250+ years of use. 
 
The glass has a bell-shaped bowl measuring 7 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl is plain and sits on a baluster plain stem consisting of a cushion knop, a triple annular knop, an inverted baluster containing a well-worked air tear and a small basal knop.  The stem leads to a domed, folded foot which measures 7.3 cm (2.9 inches) in diameter and displays...

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Price: £225.00

Georgian trumpet bowl balustroid wine glass, domed foot

Georgian trumpet bowl balustroid wine glass, domed foot

This is what we believe to be a Georgian baluster wine glass or Kit Kat glass dating from the early 18th century, c1725.  Kit Kat glasses were so named becuase of the painting by Hogarth of men drinking at the Kit Kat Club and supposedly (but erroneously) using glasses of this shape.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows the age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot commensurate with 250+ years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The glass has a trumpet bowl measuring 8 cm (3.2 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl sits on a stem consisting of a plain stretch above an inverted...

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Price: £450.00


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