Antique wine glasses are renowned for their intricate designs and unmatched beauty. Some collect them for display only purposes, while others prefer to use them. This glassware, like others, varies in quality. Many have a higher resale value than others, whether due to their rarity, high demand, condition, or a combination of the three.
Identifying Antique Wine Glasses
Antique wine glasses from the Georgian period were often crafted from lead glass. Now highly sought after due to their historical and monetary value, these exquisite wine glasses from the early 1700s to the mid-1800s feature three different pieces: the base, the stem, and the bowl. They are easily identifiable by their pontil mark, or glass scar, which is often found on the base. The vertical lines that run down the bowl as well as the striations also help distinguish Georgian wine glasses. Still, cranberry antique wine glasses are appreciated for their use of gold chloride and are highly coveted amongst collectors, while carnival wine glasses gained popularity in the early 1900s; these glasses were issued out at carnivals as game winning prizes. Carnival wine glasses were created in shades of blue, green, marigold, and amethyst; theses coloured wine glasses contain a recognisable swirl sheen in the glass.
Marks of Identification
Whether searching for an antique single wine glass or crystal wine glass set, take into account maker's marks; these marks help date and authenticate the piece. While some marks were etched, embossed, sandblasted, or incorporated into the glass, others were simply made via a label. However, labels are not always present, as many disappear with repeated use and washings.
Material and Stem
Antique wine glasses are commonly crafted from cut glass or crystal. Whichever one prefers, look for those crafted of thinner material, as these glasses have a better wine glass lip, and as such, enhance the wine drinking experience. Antique cut glass wine glasses and crystal wine glasses feature a bowl, stem, and base. The absence of a stem helps date the piece to more modern times; overlook such glasses, as they are not considered antique.
The shape of the wine glass chosen can intensify or lessen the wine drinking experience. Generally bigger than white wine glasses, large red wine glasses feature a wider mouth, or bowl, for taking in the wine's aroma and maximising air contact. On the other hand, white wine glasses have a narrower mouth to help keep the wine chilled. In addition to colour, keep in mind the age, sweetness, and acidity of the wine when choosing an appropriate wine glass.