A wonderful set of 10 clear white antique glass champagne flutes, from England made circa 1760. The funnel-shaped bowls are set upon a tubular stem rising from a circular foot. At the center of the bottom of the foot is a pontil mark. That mark is the scar where the pontil was broken from the blown glass. This indicates that the glass was blown freehand, as it was in the eighteenth century.
H 8.5 in. x Dm 3.75 in. (at base and top)
In the mid-18th century the well appointed English home included stemware made in England which produced fine glass known as “Flint” glass. Perhaps the family’s collection would have included antique glass champagne flutes. This English glass was acclaimed in Europe for its clarity and beauty. It tended to be slightly heavier than other European glass, and sought to imitate rock crystal which is why we now use the word “crystal” for fine glassware.
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