Impress your guests with these Mid-Century Culver Antigua 22K-Gold Small Brandy Snifter Glasses! Typically shaped for serving brandy, each stemmed cocktail of this set of five is wider at the bottom of the bowl than it is at the top. A 1/2-inch wide textured 22K-gold crackle band with oval windows encircles the lower portion of the pitcher. A narrower 1/8-inch gold band with oval impressions circles the top. A pale green reverse can be seen within the crackles when held to the light.
Each Hollywood Regency style snifter stands 4-inches high, the bowl is about 2-1/8 inches deep. The opening is 2-1/8 inches in diameter, widening to 2-3/4 inches at the bottom of the bowl. The circular foot is 2-1/4 inches in diameter.
Antigua was made by Culver Glass from the 1950s to the 1980s. This set was probably made in the 1970s or 80s, as the original paper label is no longer present and the glasses are not marked. Paper labels instead of signatures were usually used from the 1970s forward.
It is difficult to find vintage Mid-Century Culver glass without wear, and this set is no exception. Due to the delicacy of the textured gold, all Culver Glass was recommended by the manufacturer to be washed by hand. Each glass shows some wear on the gold, particularly on the gold band near the rim. This narrow band of oval impressions near the top once had a thin layer of gold behind it. This thin layer has worn away to varying degrees on each glass, leaving a band of tiny windows and traces of the thin gold layer that once backed them. Rather than detracting, this adds to the charm by leaving a narrow band of tiny windows to match the wider band. Most of the gold on each glass is shiny and retains the signature Culver texture. There are no chips or cracks on any of this set.