Two wonderful French whiskey glasses cristal taillé de Baccarat. Baccarat did not acid etch their crystal until 1936, and these are both etched on the bottom. We estimate that they are from the mid 20th Century. They are 8 cm tall by 5 cm wide. Some fleabites to the bottom edges from wear over the past 70 years.
Perhaps no name is more synonymous with luxury crystal ware then Baccarat. The name Baccarat, which is the town and the glassworks firm, comes perhaps from Bacchi-ara ("Altar of Bacchus") which was the name of a Roman castellum. In 1459 the city was best known for its drapers as well as wine. Louis XV authorized the creation of a glassworks in 1764 at the instigation of the Bishop of Metz who was anxious to sell the important local production of firewood. A fellow named Antoine Renaut responded to the authorization and opened a crystal glassworks in 1817, which was sold to the Compagnie des Cristalleries in 1881, subsequently achieving worldwide fame under the name of Baccarat. Bottoms up!
Two French Baccarat Crystal Mid Century Whiskey Glasses