An unusual 18 century English lead metal short wineglass, the ogee bowl engraved with a formal egg and dart border above a short opaque twist stem made up of unusually fine threads in the form of a spiral gauze inside a 15-ply spiral band all standing on a plain domed foot. A domed foot is an uncommon feature for an opaque twist stemmed glass to have, and, when they are encountered, it is usually associated with comparatively rare cordial glasses. To find one on a short-stemmed wine glass, as in this example, is quite exceptional. Another fascinating feature of this glass is the opaque twist stem, which is constructed of such fine threads that a moiré pattern is formed. A stem that exhibits such refinement and delicacy is clearly the work of a master craftsman.
Height 4½ inches;
Bowl diameter 2 inches;
Foot diameter 2½ inches.
There is a small and enclosed air inclusion in the inside of the bowl in the lower quarter. In good original and unrestored condition with the expected patterns of wear found in a glass of this age.