England, 19th Century



Of hand tooled clear lead glass, each with a thick drawn trumpet bowl with "deceptive" or "toastmaster's"

glass v-depression above an annulated knop and a slightly flaring rudimentary stem,

the flat foot with lightly polished pontil


Condition : Excellent; normal striations and small bubbles to the glass





The early form of the "waffle cone" for ice cream is the "penny lick glass".

This type of glass was introduced in the mid-19th century for use in cafés and vendors in seaside booths.
A single smear of ice cream (perhaps from the newly invented ice-cream making "machine")
was placed on a low footed thick glass with a small v-depression at the top.

The ice cream was licked off by the customer,
then returned to the seller for immediate service to the next customer –
with perhaps only a dip in water in between patrons.

The glasses follow the wine or toastmaster glass form,
and their thickness made the contents appear greater than they actually were.

The Penny Lick was banned in 1899 in London, for reasons of hygiene, and quickly replaced by the
"pastry cup"– now known as the "waffle cone" - introduced in New York only a few years before.


This is a well-made set of three, and of a bit better quality than many.
The v-depression is deep enough to function well,
whether trying to ration your dessert calories...
or your most expensive aged single malt whisky...



...or perhaps for serving Grand Marnier individually, to pour over a serving of
'Ben & Jerry's Salted Caramel Core'.

(See image below)


 For a similar glass, see V&A, "Deceptive Glass", England, 1820-1880;
British Galleries, room 122b, case 2; Museum number C.210-1913



3-3/4" High / The Rim, 2.25" Wide / The Foot 2.5" Wide
The Depression 1.5"




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Set of Three 19th Century British Penny Lick Glasses