Georgian antique 18th century 19th century collectors drinking glass

Antique English Plain Stem Firing Glass c.1770

Antique English Plain Stem Firing Glass c.1770

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This firing glass has a semi-deceptive round funnel bowl above a plain stem leading to a thick firing foot. It is delightfully solid to hold and, judging from the wear on the foot, has heartily fulfilled its purpose of punctuating the drinking toasts of the day made by the gentlemen members of drinking clubs. This was achieved by the glasses being banged down or clattered on the table. The noise made is said to have resembled the sound of muskets being fired in volleys… hence the term 'firing glass'

Height 4½ inches;
Bowl diameter 2 inches;
Foot diameter 2⅝ inches.

In excellent condition with no restoration or damage. Proper wear to the foot and bowl rims in relation to the glass' purpose and use. Another point of interest is that the wear to the out-side of the bowl rim was probably caused by dental abrasion