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Another feature that determines collecting choice is the external decoration of the bowl by cutting, painting or engraving.

It is partly for these reasons that a lot of 18 century drinking glasses have survived.Today, traditional drinking glasses are collected and catalogued very much according to specific types first outlined in Hartshorne's book and further refined in Leonard Bickerton's , still the standard collecting work.Circa 1760.1382 Very rare Georgian 'political' ale flute with round funnel bowl inscribed 'WILKES AND LIBERTY' above a dove escaping from a cage and also 'No.45' on the reverse, on opaque twist stem with multi-thread corkscrew. , published by the Prime Minister, the Scottish Earl of Bute and an ironical reference to Scotland.9551 Good baluster wine glass with solid base, bell bowl. one ball neck ring over semi droped knop, plain section on large basal knop. The ogee bowl with gilded rim and encompassed by a gilded fruiting vine.

Dimensions: 7" (10 cm) Price Guide: E 9532 Fine cordial glass probably decorated by James Giles.Take a look at these additional resources to learn more about your antique and collectible glass pieces.Some of the most beautiful and highly valued glass was made by a number of different companies in the 1890s and early 1900s.If you're starting or adding to your collection, be aware of the differences between crystal stemware and regular glassware. In the "Chicago Tribune," Michele Fecht writes that true crystal has a "lead content of at least 24 percent," but glass doesn't contain lead.This lead content gives crystal its signature qualities, contributing to its strength and weight.The lower temperature required for making leaded crystal makes it easier for glassmakers to craft decorative configurations in crystal glasses such as intricate cuts and angles with sparkling refractions.