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.



Deceptive or toastmaster's baluster wine glass

Deceptive or toastmaster's baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a scarce Georgian, deceptive baluster toastmaster's wine glass dating from the early to mid 18th century, c1735.  Such glasses were supposedly used by toastmasters to reduce the amount of alcohol they drank when raising toasts. 
 
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 ogee-shaped bowl measuring 4.8 cm (1.9 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and thickens considerably as it descends to disguise the small amount of liquor it holds.  The bowl sits on an inverted...

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Price: £495.00

Dutch-engraved English baluster wine glass

Dutch-engraved English baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, English, Dutch-engraved, baluster wine glass dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1750.  
 
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 commensurate with over 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl.
 
The glass has a funnel-shaped bowl measuring 7.2 cm (2.9 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is engraved with a formal floral border under the rim and sits on an angular knop, a plain stem with a long, well-worked air tear, and a small basal ball knop.  The stem leads to a conical,...

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Price: £675.00

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

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 vesicas, surmounted by birds, and surrounded by flowers and foliage, interspersed with swags.   The bowl sits on a short piece of plain stem, a short inverted baluster, a cushion knop, a second...

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Price: £1,550.00

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


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