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Rare English Antique Toastmaster Glass Deceptive Bowl. c. 1765

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A rare and unusual toastmaster glass with deceptive waisted bucket bowl above a single series opaque twist stem formed with an outlined lace twist standing on a plain conical foot.

Height - 6¼ inches;
Bowl diameter - 2 inches;
Foot diameter - 2¾ inches.

Unsurprisingly, the relatively inaccessible bottom of the bowl has a hint of bloom. This bloom is disturbed with light scratch marks which probably result from cleaning attempts. A very rare glass offered in excellent condition.

Toastmaster glasses were, of course, designed to give the impression that the celebrant was keeping pace with the guests drinking toasts. This glass illustrates an extreme of the deceptive bowl, holding less than a third of a standard comparable bowl (see image 6) thus allowing the celebrant to remain vertical and comprehensible long after the revelers had fallen by the wayside. Bickerton, Arthur Churchill's and Barrington Haynes provide no references to a glass with this rare configuration.