GEORGE III ENGRAVED MASONIC FIRING GLASS
England, or Possibly Ireland, c1800
Of very heavy weight, the funnel shaped bowl engraved with Masonic emblems :
the compass and the square sided by the level and crescent concave female moon to the left,
the concave male sun and the plumb to the right,
the reverse side with a contemporary conjoined script monogram “HG”;
all above a thick short tapering shaft and thick footrim, polished pontil
(The Irish reference is due to the weight).
Firing glasses were used in the Georgian period for post-dining gatherings of gentlemen,
who sang songs and told stories –
most of which received applause or announcement by rapping glasses on the table top.
This sound resembled gunshots – thus the name “firing glass”.
The thick short shaft and heavy footrim was needed for survival.
Condition : Excellent
5” High / The Footrim 3" Wide / 10.1 oz.
Price : Please Inquire
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