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Antique English Ratafia DSOT Drinking Glass c1775

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: English: Pre 1800: Item # 842126

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A tall, elegant, and beautiful English ratafia DSOT (double series opaque twist) glass. Ratafia glasses are quite uncommon, and this is a particularly fine example. The elongated conical bowl is molded and leads into a stem with a pair of spiral threads outside of a lace twist.

This glass is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, or restoration. The proportions are excellent, with a height of 7 1/2 inches, a bowl diameter of 1 5/8 inches, and a foot diameter of 2 9/16 inches.

Note: Ratafia was a liqueur or cordial flavoured with peach or cherry kernels, bitter almonds, etc. Often it was a brandy infusion with soft fruits such as strawberries, currents, mulberries, or dark cherries. It was sold in three quality levels, common, dry, and fine. Not inexpensive, it was at times served with flakes of gold on the top. Ratafia glasses are distinguished by a narrow bowl, with its length approximately equal to the stem length.