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An English Georgian Ratafia Opaque Twist Glass c1765


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An 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 has molded flutes in the lower three quarters and leads into a stem with a 14-ply spiral band outside of a pair of spiral tapes.

This glass is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, or restoration. The proportions are excellent, with a height of 6 7/8 inches, a bowl diameter of 1 9/16 inches, and a foot diameter of 2 5/8 inches. Rough, snapped pontil. Lead metal with good color, striations, and tooling marks.

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.