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A Rare Plain Stem “Half Lynn” Wine Glass c.1750

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An antique English lead crystal wine glass with a round funnel bowl with “Lynn” horizontal concentric moulded rings to the lower half. This elegant and rare form bowl is supported on an equally rare plain stem standing on a conical folded foot.

The above is a brief description for a beautifully simple and plain glass. With this glass the term “rare” really is appropriate. Barrington Haynes, in his book Glass Through the Ages, in the section on plain-stemmed glasses with round funnel bowls says, “One with Lynn rings is known.” As far as I can ascertain there may be two other than this one. One is illustrated in Bickerton, (current whereabouts unkown), and the other, unfortunately with some restoration, is currently available from one of the UK’s leading antique glass dealers. The glass offered here differs from the other two in that it only has Lynn moulding to the lower half of the bowl. Haynes, writing in Churchill’s Glass Notes 8 in 1948 on page 45 gives a clear comparison between two similarly configured double series opaque twist Lynn glasses. He gives the one with the rings only on the lower half of the bowl the price of £12 compared with the price of £8 for the relatively common fully moulded Lynn… a 50% premium for the feature. These prices also give an indication of the general price of Lynn DSOT glasses at this time… generally between £8-10 with an additional premium of up to another £4 for examples with folded feet. When one compares the price of a plain stem Lynn we see Haynes gives a further premium. In Glass Notes 15, on page 45, he prices a plain stem Lynn with folded foot at double the price at £16. All in all these premiums for the configuration of this style of glass give a clear indication of the rarity of this glass… this was at the time when a good heavy baluster wine glass with conical bowl and inverted baluster knop could be bought for £15!

Height – 5⅞ inches;
Bowl diameter – 2⅛ inches;
Foot diameter – 2⅞ inches.

In superb original and unrestored condition with the expected signs of wear to the foot and bowl rim. The bowl is beautifully clear with no scratching. The glass has a reassuring untamperable folded foot and an equally reassuring shear mark to the bowl rim.