Gracefully engraved late 1800s hand blown flint glass small wine glass on a drawn and slice cut stem with attached foot. There is a ground and polished pontil on the foot and a delicately engraved ivy vine encircle the rim on the exterior of the glass. The engraved decoration includes several flower types including possibly roses. There is also a upper case ‘D’ encircled by leaves and flowers (see all Photos). The price listed here is for one wine glass and there are currently two remaining that are still available. All glasses are engraved by hand with the same design and letter D.
These glasses are from the c1875 to 1905 period. Each glass is made from two parts: (1) a hand made foot attached to (2) a slice cut hexagonal stem that was drawn down from bowl. The six slice cuts on the stem extend onto the bottom of the bowl and create a petal like pattern (see all Photos). The foot or base that is attached to the lower end of the stem has circular striations from being tooled by hand.
The glass fluoresces a bright bluish white under short wave UV light which is indicative of leaded flint glass (see last photo which shows two of these small wine glasses in front of a lead glass decanter, decanter not for sale here). The second to the last photo shows the same two small wine glasses standing in front of a wheel engraved soda glass pedestal bowl (on left side of photo at back, c1840, not for sale here), a wheel engraved soda glass rummer (in center of photo at rear, c1840, not for sale here), rummer and three ring lead glass decanter with target or bull’s eye stopper (on right side of photo at rear, c1810, not for sale here). None of these other glass items are for sale here, it is just the small wine glasses that are available and the price listed is for one wine glass and there are currently two small wine glasses still remaining available for purchase. There is free combined shipping if a buyer purchases more than one as long as all are sent to the same address under a single purchase order.
The engraving on these wine glasses is very detailed and the work was cut by hand using a diamond (or Corundum) wheel following the older tradition of copper wheel engraving. A single large leaf has about 32 separate individual cuts to create its serrated edge, veins and other details. Consequently, each glass required more than 600 individual controlled cuts to create all of the details. Some of the wheel widths were as narrow as a cat’s whisker while other wheels were up to 1/8 or even 3/16 inches wide.
The glass metal is good quality and there are some very tiny white pot stones visible here and there while bubbles are nearly absent. One such white inclusion is shown in Photo #5 with the tip of a pencil pointing to it. To the left and also above the pencil are two more white pot stone inclusions (see Photo #5).
These lead crystal wine glasses may be American, British or Irish. The cut stems are thin and the glass is clear white with no tint or impurities evident other than the tiny pot stones. The engraving is above average and the wine glasses are over 110 years old. And as always, each wine glass also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or you may return them for a refund (see return policy below for full details, certain shipping costs & fees are nonrefundable).
SIZE: Each wine glass stands about 4 1/8 inches tall and has a rim diameter that measures just under 2 inches across. The base or foot on each wine glass measures about 2 1/8 inches across and therefore prevents damage to the rims when stored together and next to each other. Finally, these small wine glasses are a perfect size for displaying along a window sill, plant ledge, shelf, mantle, or in a hutch or china cabinet.
CONDITION: All five wine glasses are in perfect condition with no chips, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. Wear is minimal and restricted to a few spots along the underside of the foot.
SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $6.40 for well packed and insured USPS Priority Mail (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $2 since insurance and tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). If you purchase more than one wine glass at the same time and have them all sent to the same address, the additional glass is shipped for free under my combined shipping discount. Also, no handling or packing fees are ever charged. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. We only use the USPS for International shipping to reduce broker fees and some Custom’s charges when an item is over 100 years old. Also, we always encourage the International buyer to select an International shipping option that also provides insurance against loss or damage, and ask the International customer to send us their address for an email quote covering all International shipping options to your location. To date, we have shipped fragile items to 28 countries around the globe and have not had any items lost or broken, however this fact does not guarantee that no postal mishandling will ever occur in the future. Also, please note that International 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 (not available on all shipping choices) 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 the buyer is unhappy with the purchase, then she/he may return it by sending the item back undamaged and post marked within fourteen days of original receipt for a refund (certain shipping costs are non-refundable). Items damaged by shipping in the US are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double pack, we will gladly help you file your insurance claim should it ever be necessary (we have not had any claims for damage or loss due to poor packing in over nine years). Of course, never send an item back that has been damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.
PAYMENT OPTIONS: We accept checks on US Banks (no temporary checks, all checks must have 9 digit routing code; item ships after check fully clears), USPS money orders, PayPal, or contact us with your verified address for more options. If you wish to use a credit card by way of PayPal, that option becomes available after you submit a Ruby Lane purchase order (see Terms of Sale for additional information). Once submitted, a PayPal icon will appear at the bottom of this listing and then you may proceed from there if you wish to pay via PayPal. Thanks for looking and do come back and visit again when you have the time.
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