A rare and exquisite ratafia glass with trumpet bowl engraved with a floral boarder and flute moulded to the lowest three quarters, above an opaque twist stem made up of a multi-ply corkscrew inside a pair of multi-ply corkscrews.
Ratafias represent the zenith of elegance in English glass making during the eighteenth century and for this reason glass collector’s value them highly. As a result ale glasses are sometimes misleadingly given the attribution or epithet of ratafias. There is no doubt that this glass is a fine example of the ratafia at its greatest refinement with its height and comparative narrowness, long smooth curves and sinuous fluting.
Height 7⅝ inches;
Bowl diameter 2⅝ inches;
Foot diameter 2¾ inches.
In the making of the glass the pontil has been snapped off quite short, taking an almost unnoticeable sliver of glass with it. The glass is in very good, original condition with average wear to the bowl and foot rims.