Antique Plain Stem Toastmasters’ Firing Glass c.1740
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All Items: Archives: Decorative Art: Pre 1800: item # 1145973
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This heavyweight bruiser of a glass has a deceptive round funnel bowl over a plain stem standing on an exceptionally large conical firing foot. These types of glass are often wrongly dated as being 19th century whereas they are somewhat earlier, being made from 1740-65. Barrington Haynes considered plain stem glasses as being undervalued and it would still seem that his views on the form have been ignored. Of these particular glasses he says, “Dram glasses are very scarce with a firing foot.” And this one is an exceptional example of the type in being boldly made and astonishingly heavy, weighing in at a little under a pound, 14½ oz. It could also be described as a toastmasters’ glass on account of the deceptive bowl. This glass was sold at Sotheby’s 14th November 1947 lot 202 and came from the Henry Brown Collection.
Height – 5 inches;
Bowl diameter – 2¼ inches;
Foot diameter – 3¼ inches.
In excellent condition with a few small inclusions and modest wear to the bowl and foot rims. No restoration.