drinking glass from Germany

above: a typical German
engraved goblet



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Drinking Glasses and Stemware - from The Glass Encyclopedia




A short discussion of Drinking Glasses:
There are glass cups and beakers amongst the earliest examples of glassware from Egypt, and from all over the Roman empire. But during the medieval period and for several centuries afterwards, drinking vessels were usually made of wood or metal. During the sixteenth and seventeenth century in Europe, drinking glasses were made in soft soda glass, sometimes elaborately engraved like the famous Verzelini goblets. During the eighteenth century it became fashionable to drink out of glass, and a wide variety of shapes and styles of decoration was developed. Lead glass was developed at the end of the seventeenth century, and this made it possible to decorate drinking glasses with deep facet-cutting. Engraving and enamel decoration were also popular. In the nineteenth century coloured glasses and glasses with coloured overlay became popular, and there are many beautiful examples of goblets with engraving and cutting designs through the coloured layers to reveal the underlying clear glass.

Many US glass houses produced sets of coloured glassware and decorated crystal glassware in the 19th and 20th centuries. Amongst the most famous and prolific was the Fostoria Glass Company, who were also the first US glass company to market a complete dinner service in crystal glass.



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