Russian, royal armorial, engraved and gilded tumbler

Stock Number: 4756

This is what we believe to be a Georgian, engraved, Russian, royal armorial tumbler or beaker, dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1750.  The glass was supposed to belong to a set that graced the table of Elizabeth, Empress of Russia (1709-1762) who ruled Russia after a coup d'etat from 1741 until her death.  An indolent and licentious woman by all accounts, she owned 15,000 dresses at the time of her death.  A note which accompanied the tumbler states that it's origin was identified by the Victoria and Albert Museum although we have not been able to verify this.
The tumbler 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 tumbler is in the clear colourway and is 10.3 cm (4.1 inches) in height, 8.8 cm (3.5 inches) across the bowl rim and 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at its base, the bottom of which carries a rough pontil mark.  The bowl is engraved with the crowned double headed eagle of Russia and the engraving bears the remains of gilding.  There are no chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration.  There is a small unburst bubble at the zenith of the armorial which the engraver has turned into a feature, and which has a trail of miniscule bubbles decending from it. There are other bubbles in the metal of the bowl. 
Heavy glass, probably potash or low lead glass, weighing in at 240 g. (~ 8 1/2 oz.).
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Russian, royal armorial, engraved and gilded tumblerRussian, royal armorial, engraved and gilded tumbler
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