GEORGE III OPAQUE TWIST FIRING GLASS
Of very heavy weight, the funnel shaped bowl above a thick short thick shaft with
loose white enamel twist raised on thick footrim with snapped pontil
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
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