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Rare Antique English Facet Cut Wine Glass c.1720-1785

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A rare and enigmatic lead crystal wine glass with tulip bowl engraved with printie swags and stars at the top and the lower half cut with 6 half stars interspersed with bridging cut facets joining up with the hexagon facet cutting of the stem which continues over what can only be described as a teared drop knop. Below this the cutting continues with a short section of vertical flutes all supported on a folded conical foot. Please note: the blue security code written on the foot rim has now been removed.

The enigma of this glass is that its shape is completely characteristic of tulip bowl, drop knop, heavy baluster glasses from c.1710 (see examples in pic 2) but the cutting style is distinctly c.1785 in style. Showing that a glass is "later engraved/cut" is difficult prove… in this case there can be no doubt this example is an early glass probably decorated over 70 years after it was made.

Please note that the horizontal mark across the stem ( see pic 4) is not a repair to the glass but marks the weld point between the bottom of the thick based bowl and the stem proper. You can see where the weld point is in the other examples shown.

Height 5¼ inches;
Bowl diameter 2⅛ inches;
Foot diameter 2⅞ inches.

In very good condition with no damage or restoration.