BALUSTERS & BALUSTROIDS

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 balusters 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, deceptive, heavy baluster dram glass with a ball knop and folded, conical foot.



Heavy baluster wine glass

Heavy baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian 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 funnel-shaped bowl measuring 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and sits on a large teared knop above a tapering plain stem and a conical, folded foot which measures 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 15.1 cm  (6 inches) in height.   It weighs 304 g. (~ 10 3/4 oz.).   There are no chips, cracks, scratches...

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Price: £1,150.00

Heavy baluster wine glass, triple annulated knop

Heavy baluster wine glass, triple annulated knop

This is what we believe to be a Georgian 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 heavy-bottomed rounded funnel-shaped bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is plain and has a thick base indicative of the period of manufacture.  The bowl sits on a triple annulated knop, a piece of plain stem containing a well-worked air tear and a basal knop.  The stem leads to a domed, folded foot which measures 7.1 cm (2.8 inches)...

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Price: £1,495.00

Small baluster tazza or patch stand

Small baluster tazza or patch stand

This is what we believe to be an English, Georgian, small baluster tazza or patch stand dating from the early 18th century, c1730.  A similar example can be seen in Keith Kelsall's book "The Footed Salver".
 
The tazza 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 commensurate with 200+ years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl. 
 
The tazza has a shallow bowl measuring 12.8 cm (5.1 inches) in diameter at the upturned rim.  The bowl sits on a cushion knop,and an inverted baluster. stem with a large well-worked air tear. The stem leads to a conical,...

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Price: £325.00

Small baluster wine glass

Small baluster wine glass

This is what we believe to be a Georgian small baluster wine glass dating from the early to mid 18th century, c1735.  
 
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 and sits on an extruded stem consisting of a true baliuster on top of an hour-glass knop,and a domed, folded foot which measures 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter.  The glass is 13.6 cm  (5.4 inches) in height.   It weighs 124 g. (~ 4 1/2 oz.). ...

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Price: £1,250.00


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