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A Fine 18th Century English Ratafia Glass c1750


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A beautiful Georgian ratafia glass featuring an extremely narrow drawn trumpet bowl engraved with flowers and leaves. For the same glass see plate #336 in "Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses" by L.M. Bickerton, published by the Antique Collectors' Club.

Conical foot with rough pontil. The glass is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, cloudiness, or restoration. Good color, striations, and tooling marks. Wonderfully and elegantly proportioned, being quite tall at 7 5/8", and with a bowl diameter of 1 5/8" and a foot diameter of 2 3/4".

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.