Coloured glass has been around as long as glass has been produced.  Early glass was coloured by accident due to the impurities that existed in the raw materials used but it didn't take long for glasssmiths to recognise the attraction of coloured glass, and various elements and ores were deliberately introduced to the molten glass to produce the desired effects.  The early Egyptians and other Middle Eastern countries were producing coloured beads and vessels thousands of years before the birth of Christ, and the Romans produced wonderful, colourful works of art based on the knowledge they accrued from their invasions of these nation states.  British 18th century Georgian coloured glass is more limited in its scope with Bristol Blue and Bristol Green colours the most widely known and collected.  The link with Bristol is probably due to its being used as a port to export the goods more than as the city of manufacture, although it is known that some blue glass (for instance that of Isaac Jacobs) was made in that city.  For an overview of coloured glass through the ages read "Antique Coloured Glass" by Keith Middlemas.

Wrythened Dutch or German roemer

Wrythened Dutch or German roemer

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, Continental (probably Dutch or German), wrythened green roemer (or römer) dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800. 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows the age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot and the rim of the bowl consistent with some 200 years of use.  It has a rough pontil mark on the middle of the foot.  
The glass has a cup-shaped bowl, measuring 4.8 cm (1.9 inches) in diameter at the rim.   The bowl is wrythen moulded, an unusual form for a roemer, and sits on a hollow stem, open to the cup so that the Rhenish wine or other liquour would reach to the bottom of the stem.  ...

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Price: £135.00

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