Georgian antique 18th century 19th century collectors drinking glass

Rare Georgian Facet Cut Lead Crystal Goblet c. 1790

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A fascinating and enigmatic glass. On first look this glass appears to be a fairly straightforward facet stem goblet. However, closer inspection reveals a glass of some interest. The goblet’s bowl is of ogee form with straight sides engraved with swags, stars and a circle of polished ovals to the bottom of the bowl. The plain conical foot with broken pontil mark supports a facet cut stem. It is the cutting of the stem that alerts one to the interest in this glass… the facets are of an unrecorded type in being oval in shape and not touching… more like printies. Also they are quite hollow: an indication that the wheel used for cutting was quite small. Picture 6 shows the glass next to a very similar shaped glass with a plain stem, no decoration and of similar dark metal. The plain stem glass would normally be dated to about 1740 and yet the engraving style of the facet stem glass would indicate a later date of circa 1790. The engraving has many similarities with Irish glass of the latter date and perhaps this is the explanation for this unusual facet stem glass. Perhaps the glass is of Irish manufacture and highlights a degree of slightly old fashioned provincialism.

Height – 6¾ inches;
Bowl diameter – 2⅞ inches;
Foot diameter – 3 inches.

In faultless condition.