A rare wine flute, attributable to an Irish peer, with an elongated round funnel bowl, wheel engraved with a floral cartouche surrounding an engraved crown and bent arm in armour holding a dagger. Traces of gilding can be seen on the rim of the bowl indicating the possibility that the engraving may once have been gilded. (see enlargements 2 and 4.) The glass has an air-twist stem made up a central vertical cable inside a spiral cable in turn inside a 6-ply spiral band standing on a plain conical foot. The description of stems as being a triple series can be contentious. The configuration of this glass, however, meets all the criteria of a triple series: There are three distinct elements; the three elements are concentric; all the elements run the full length of the stem indicating that the construction was intentional.
The engraved family crest is likely to be that of Sir Patrick Bellew, 5th Baronet of Barmeath in the County of Louth, Ireland c. 1735–1795 (see Wikipedia and John Peter Elven “The Book of Family Crests” vol. I plate 56 fig. 30 and vol II p 35. See picture 1.) Attribution to a particular person is often inconclusive and difficult to prove. However, in this case the heraldic evidence suggests the attribution is not an unreasonable one.
Height 7½ inches;
Bowl diameter 2¼ inches;
Foot diameter 2¾ inches.
The photographs show a small inclusion in the bowl. This white inclusion appears black because of the lighting. In reality it is fairly inconspicuous and has been artfully incorporated into the design by the engraver. The foot may have had a light polish as some point in its history. If so it has been done sympathetically and does not compromise the proportions of this historical glass. Our assessment of condition is reflected in the price.