Ruby Red over Clear Glass Engraved Fruiting Vine Wine Glass c1900

Hand blown ruby red wine glasses with traditional copper wheel engraved grape clusters and leafy vines from the late 1800s or early 1900s. I have two available and the price listed here is for one glass (originally had four). Each glass is made from joining three hand formed pieces: cup-shaped bowl, thin inverted baluster stem, and a thin round foot. The three pieces were joined together during production and there is a small thread of glass wrapped around the junction where the stem attaches to the base. The bases do not have a formal pontil, but instead each has a small irregular oval indent on the underside of the base caused from the use of a snap case-like tool or gadget.

Once each glass was fully assembled, they were subsequently annealed and properly cooled so that the rim could be finished. This next step involved cutting and grinding the rim rather than fire polishing it, and the cutting started with a flat cut across the top followed by two angled cuts to create a beveled rim with no sharp edges along the lip. After shaping the rim, the glasses were subsequently dipped in a ruby red compound and fired in a lower temperature muffle kiln to permanently fix the metallic red tinted coloring. The glasses were then removed from the muffle kiln and each glass was once again handed to the skilled glass cutter who then cut the grape clusters, leaves and flowing vine patterns as well as also the oval slices on the top of the foot and around the upper stem. In all, about 300 individual cuts of varying widths, depths and lengths were made per glass to create the pleasing decorative patterns so nicely accented by the clear glass exposed by the cuts. Several different copper wheels were needed to make the range of cuts. The workmanship is superb and the end result is a ruby red wheel engraved wine glass as illustrated here.

I do not know where these glasses were made, however the glass is leaded glass since the exposed clear glass fluoresces under Shortwave UV-light. Each glass also rings true when gently tapped and holds its ring like a bell for several seconds. The wine glass bowls are very thinly blown measuring about 1/16 inches thick just under the rim. The outer edge of each foot is just slightly over 1/16 inches thick. Finally, some folks do not distinguish between antique ruby red tinted glass, antique ruby red flashed (cased) glassware and solid ruby red glassware. Flashed ruby wine glasses have a thin coat of solid red glass covering the underlying clear glass (or glass of another color) whereas ruby tinted glass has a thin film of special metallic oxide stain coating the surface of the glass that has been baked onto the glass by a special process developed in Bohemia in the early 1800s. The end result of properly stained ruby glass is hard to differentiate from ruby flashed glass at arms length, but is more evident upon very close inspection along any engraved or worn areas. The glasses for sale here are in excellent condition and their ruby red tinting is more than 99.7% intact.

The last photo shows two of ruby red glasses listed here flanking a solid ruby red hand blown (in a three part mold) RYE decanter. This photo is provided to show that these two Ruby red glasses are well made and that they have the same red characteristics as a piece of solid ruby red glassware. You are only purchasing one wine glass here for the price stated with up to two available at check out (the RYE decanter is not for sale in this listing). The strong ruby red colors were produced either by adding a specially powdered gold oxide compound to a batch of glass to make a solid red glass or by using a powdered metallic gold compound for coating clear glassware to develop a fine ruby red tint such as the two glasses for sale here. And as the photos help illustrate, these engraved fruiting vine wine glasses are sure to capture attention in most any setting. These glasses also come with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or the buyer may return them via my return policy for a refund (see full details below).

SIZE: Each glass stands about 4 7/16 inches tall and has a rim diameter that measures about 2 3/8 inches across. The foot on each glass measures about 2 1/4 inches across. The glasses display well whether placed in direct light or indirect lighting and look spectacular on a shelf, table or china cabinet, out in the open on a counter or in bar rack.

CONDITION: Both wine glasses are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, hairlines, star cracks, major scratches, repairs or restorations. They also have no major production flaws and wear is restricted to the bottom of the base as expected on well cared for glassware. The price quoted above is for one glass with an option to buy both upon check out (second glass shipped in with first glass for free upon purchase of both). A better example would be hard to find today without paying a lot more over what is offered here.

SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $8.60 for well packed and insured USPS Priority mail (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $2 when just one glass is purchased since insurance & tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). If you live in Texas or in an adjacent state, simply email me for a revised quote. A slower shipping option is also available, too (see shipping section below for Priority Mail option). No handling or packing fees are ever charged and fragile items will be double boxed for maximum protection. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. Please note that import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques Ruby Lane listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if you are unhappy with your purchase, then you may return it by sending the item back undamaged and post marked within seven days of original receipt for a refund (certain shipping costs are non-refundable). Items damaged during shipping are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double box, we will gladly help you file your insurance claim should it ever be necessary (to date, we have had only two claims for damage from shipping). Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.

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Item ID: RL427.nye1139


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