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Newcastle Light Baluster Rare Trick Glass c1760

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800: Item # 1198490

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An elegant and rare Newcastle light baluster (NLB) antique English trick wine glass, with a round funnel bowl set on a tall stem with a shoulder annular knop above a knop, above a large, teared medial knop, finishing with a ball basal knop. Conical foot with rough snapped pontil.

The bowl is Dutch engraved with a band of leaves and flowerheads, with a sprig below. The "trick" to this glass is that it is a dribble glass, with holes in the center of three of the flowerheads. An unsuspecting guest would drink from the glass, and the wine would spill through the holes, onto him. The host would know that the "safe" side to drink from was the one with the engraved sprig.

The glass is in superb condition, with no problems whatsoever (the spots in the photos are dust motes). It comes from, and retains the label of, the important A.C. Hubbard collection. Standing 6 7/8" tall, with a bowl diameter of 2 5/8" and a foot diameter of 2 15/16".