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Left : A George III Masonic Mallet Decanter, England, c1780, profusely engraved with Masonic symbols (SOLD)

Center : A George III Engraved Decanter, England, c1780, Arms of Gleane of Hardwick, Norfolk (SOLD)

Right : A Fine George III Cut & Engraved Glass Decanter , Jacobite Sympathy , England, c1770



Rare George II Irish Cordial Glass, c1745


Rare George II Irish Cordial Glass
Ireland, 1745
Quite heavy soft grey glass, the drawn ogee bowl with elongated tear to the plain stem
and ending in the basal knop
raised over a folded conical foot with snapped pontil
6" High / The Bowl 2" Wide / The Foot 3" Wide / 7.5 oz.


Although glassmaking in Ireland dates to the late 16th century,
the earliest 'dated' Irish drinking glass is said to have come from Dublin in 1715.
Early 18th century Irish glass is very unlike contemporary English glass :
It is very heavy, with a unique steel or grey-blue tone,
and stronger, whilst having a softness to the touch




Charles II Silver Wine Taster, Prick-Engraved "1661" & "H over I.A" 


Charles II Silver Wine Taster
Prick-Engraved "1661" & "H over I.A" 

The shallow circular bowl chased with tulip floral and leaf decoration,
the sides with leaves and the center showing the upright bloom sided by leaves.
the sides with clipped twist handles
4.5" wide / 1.52 oz.





Rare George II Silver Saucer-Form Domed Wine Taster
Joseph Sanders, London, 1738, In the "Bordeaux" circular saucer form,
having a flared rim and high domed central section, the dome rising above the sides;
fully marked to the outer side;
this form considered by some to be the "only true ear;y English silver wine taster".
4" Diameter / 3.2 oz.





Good Pair of Matthew Boulton Old Sheffield Plate Wine Coolers
England, c1815
Each of campana form ,
centering to each side the marital arms of Halliday and Harvie;
above a part-fluted lower section;
having detachable collars and liners;
each foot verso with twin suns having faces mar

8.75" High





George III Provincial Silver 'Quart' Mug, John Langlands I, Newcastle, 1770

Of heavy gauge silver and tapering cylindrical form,
with banded girdle and reeded flaring foot;
the scroll handle with "tongue" to the top, and engraved initials I*P
good marks verso

6.75" High / 19.8 oz.





Silver-Mounted & Crested Leather Black-Jack
England, Last Quarter 17th Century
With stitched side loop handle,
the upper rim and base having engraved lappet-bordered silver mounts,
the silver mounts unmarked;
the applied crest, a knight's helm with garb (wheatsheaf)
6-5/8" High / 7.5" Over Handle / 12.3 oz.






Early George III Silver Fluted Quart Tankard

William Grundy, London, 1761

Of heavy gauge silver,
the large straight tapering quart tankard with two bands of shallow flutes
alternating with two bands of punched crosslets and quatrefoils,
centering an asymmetrical rococo cartouche with contemporary conjoined initials FSG,
S-scroll handle tongued capped; spreading foot;

the marks struck above the rim decoration

6.25" High / 4" Wide at Rim / 5" Wide at Base / 20.6 oz.


Early George III Quart Silver Tankard, William Grundy, London, 1761 






William III / Queen Anne Heavy Baluster Goblet, England, c1700-1710

England, c1700-1710, 7.5" High

An almost identical goblet is illustrated, "Investing in Georgian Glass", (Ward Lloyd, p.38) :

"A good early baluster goblet dating from about 1700.

 The round funnel bowl has a slight extrusion in the base,

the stem is an inverted baluster and the foot is domed and folded."


George I / II Baluster Cordial or Gin Glass

England, c1720-30, 5.5" High

With good grey color, the bell bowl with solid base above a solid stem

headed by a 3-ringed annular knop over a central ball knop and flattened basal knop,

raised on a round and folded foot; these small glasses are "uncommon"

George I Two-Teared Baluster Wine Glass, c1720

England, c1720, 6.5" High

with teared inverted baluster stem, considered the 'most comfortable' to hold in the hand.

Provenance : 'The Harding Collection', Sotheby's London




George II 'Kit-Cat' Type Wineglass

England, c1730, 6-5/8' High

Glasses of this form - with plain stem and central or lower baluster

are often referred to as 'Kit-Cat' glasses,

referring to glasses depicted in Sir Godfrey Kneller's c1721 painting of two members of the 'Kit-Cat Club',

London dining society which began meeting in the 1690s.

6 5/8" High / 3 1/8" Diameter, The Foot / 3" Diameter, The Rim / 5.2 oz



Sir Godfrey Kneller, c1721, portrait of Kit Cat members (National Gallery, London),

"Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne; Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln"



George II Engraved Pan-Topped 'Mercury Twist' Wine, England, c1750 


George II Engraved Pan-Topped 'Mercury Twist' Wine Glass
England, c1750 

The pan-topped bowl having an engraved floral border to the rim,
each side with a 4- and 6-petalled flowers and fern-like foliage (possibly a Scottish rose),
the straight stem with a single series air twist and a pair of corkscrews or "mercury twists",
slightly domed conical foot, snapped pontil
6.25" High





George II Jacobite Pan-Topped Airtwist Wine

England, c1750

The pan top bowl engraved to the upper border engraved with
a scrolling band of flowers including :
a 6-petalled rose, honeysuckle, passion flower, carnation, lily of the valley,
asters, sunflower, and trailing forget-me-nots
above a multiple strand airtwist stem with central swelling knop and conical foot
6.25" High




George II Airtwist Cordial with Mercury Thread, c1750


George II Airtwist Cordial Glass
England, c1750

A quite heavy glass, having a round funnel bowl with fluted lower half,
over a long stem with multiple threads
around a central thick flattened "mercury" thread encircled by a further single thread,
raised on a conical foot with snapped pontil
6.5" High



Three mid-18th Century Jacobite Glasses, 2 Cordials, 1 Wine


Two Jacobite Interest Cordials, England, c1765

The left, engraved example with "a daffodil, and crested bird in flight", over a double series opaque twist stem.

("Daffodils" symbolize "hope"- the return of spring, and akin to the sunflower, the return of the Stuart reign).

The right, engraved with a "sunflower and forget-me-not sprays, a crested bird in flight" on the reverse,

over double series opaque twist stem.

In the Center : A George II / III Jacobite Airtwist Wine, c1755-60

A heavy glass raised on a rather rare domed foot, and engraved with a

"6-petaled Jacobite rose sided by two buds on thorny stems".




Louis XV Provincial Silver Wine Taster, Jean-Francois Jouet, 1765-66, Bordeaux, France 


Louis XV Provincial Silver Wine Taster
Jean-Francois Jouet, 1765-66, Bordeaux, France 
The form characteristic of the province of Bordeaux,
having a shallow round circular bowl with tapering sides
and a high domed center rising above the rim, raised on a 'collet foot'
4" Diameter / 2.25 oz





Charles II Provincial Silver Wine Taster


Maker's Mark Only (Indistinct), possibly West Country,


Although there are several records of wine tasters in English 14th and 15th century manuscripts,

the earliest British silver wine tasters are from the 17th century, with very few being made after

1750.  Most from the 18th and 19th centuries come from France. There were two forms : this

form with the shallow bowl and 2 wire loop handles, and a later form with domed center.

 Interestingly, wine tasters are an outgrowth of small tasters made during the medieval period to

taste contents of bowls, to convince guests that the food was not poisoned.


3.5" Diameter / 2 oz.





Early George II Baluster Wine, c1730


Early George II Baluster Wine Glass
England, c1730
Of quite heavy weight,
the bell bowl with teared solid base,
above a teared inverted baluster and a teared ball knop,
raised on a conical folded foot with snapped pontil
5.75" High





Rare George II Jacobite Water Glass

England, c1750

Engraved with a rose and bud on stem amongst floralsprays, a winged bird verso,
raised on a beaded knop above a domed foot
4.25" High


"Jacobite clubs developed different ways of drinking the toast,
but it usually involved drinking the health of the King 'over water' to signify the King in exile….
The Independent Electors of Westminster held a glass of water in their left hand

and passed the wine glass, held in the right hand, over the water before drinking the toast."

This practice still exists today on the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden :

"After dinner, glasses of water are set around the table and wine glasses are filled.
Then, the blood-stained gauntlet of the ancestor who dies in the battle is placed in the center of the table.

The toast to "The King over the Water" is given,
and the guests pass their wine glasses over the water before drinking."

Although now an innocent ritual, thin the 18th century it held solemn significance. .
(Seddon, The Jacobites and Their Drinking Glasses, p 46)






Rare Pair of c1750-60 Jacobite Water Bowls

The bodies encircled by finely engraved garlands, including a

6-petaled Jacobite rose, a carnation, honeysuckle,

apples, fruiting vines, other flowers, and a sunflower,.

4.75" Wide


A pair of wine glasses (Drambuie Collection) having very similar borders

is illustrated in 'The Jacobites & Their Glasses', Seddon, pl. 33 with the following notation :

"With a little imagination the initial letters of the flowers can sometimes be made to spell 'Charles'".

Small glass water bowls as these were often used

in toasting "the King across the water".





Rare Pair of George II Glass Water Bowls

Jacobite Interest, c1745-50

Each thick heavy deep round bowl of inverted ogee shape,
having wheel engraved circlets at the rim,
above sides with floral wheel engraving of "Jacobite significance" :

Carnation, Tulip issuing a further tulip, Lily of the Valley, & Scottish Roses

Each 4.25" Diameter / 30.5 oz.






George III Silver Lidded & Bright Cut Tankard

Langlands & Robertson, Newcastle, England, 1782 

Of heavy gauge silver, the cover with central unengraved shield
surrounded by foliate engraving and bright cut border and rim;
the vertically pierced upright thumbpiece connecting hinged to a notched c-scroll handle;
marked to the underside of body and lid;
gilded to the interior
7.5" High x 7.5" Wide / 27.8 oz.




Georgian Lady's Glass Tankard, England, c1800-1820


Late George III Engraved Lady's Glass Half-Pint Tankard

England, c1800-1820

Of good weight and condition, with lovely handle;

Engraved to the front with scrolling fern-like fronds and the inscription :

'Ethel Randle from A.D' :

4.25" High / 4.5" Across Handle / 12.7 oz.


Late George III Engraved Lady's Glass Half-Pint Tankard





Two Quite Fine George III Masonic Tumblers


Left : Fine Cut & Engraved Masonic Tumbler

England, c1810, 3.75" High

Of heavy weight lead glass,
the cylindrical glass beautifully engraved to the front with Masonic imagery;

the reverse with conjoined script initials BP within a pair of Barley shafts;
the weighted base with eleven flutes below a horizontal bevel,
sharply star-cut to the verso


Right : Beautifully Engraved Masonic Tumbler

England, c1790, 4.25" High

The slightly flaring glass with the Masonic compass and square
centering a radiant sun and sided by foliate sprays and below the script engraved name James Clegg,
the reverse with a spray of hops, barley, all below a rim engraved with a floral and foliate border;
snapped pontil; bearing a collectors label verso



Charles II Silver Miniature Porringer, MN, London 1671


Charles II Silver Miniature ( "Toy") Porringer

London, 1761, M N, a crescent below, within a heart

2" High x 4.5" Wide / 2.2 oz.


These small baluster-form cups were popular from c1640 to 1700, are technically called "caudle "cups".  

Recently, the term "porringer", a straight-sided cup, has become the prevalent term for both  forms. 

The miniature, or "toy", version (2" -3" in height), popular in the mid-17th century,

had no lid, and usually simple chased or pounced decoration, with clipped silver wire handles. 

They were used for a warm drink composed of ale, sugar, eggs, bread and spices,

and often given as gifts to the mother of a newborn child.


Today these small cups are also often used as wine tasters,

as the chasing offers wells and bubbles for discerning color and clarity.


Charles II Silver Miniature Porringer, 1671, verso





ree Early Silver Tumbler Cups, c1690-1731


One of the earliest records of tumbler cups is that of Samuel Pepys, on October 24, 1664.
He cites an odd alternate name - "cocking cups"
At that time, in the north-west of England,
these small cups were sometimes given as prizes given in cockfighting contests.

The earliest silver known tumbler cups still in existence date to 1671, at All Souls Oxford.
These early small, plain drinking cups were first popular at 17th century colleges,
(as Oxford) and intended to be emptied in a single draught.


Three Early Silver Tumbler Cups, c1690-1731 (Left to Right) :

George I Silver 'Tumbler Cup', James Goodwin, London, 1723

Early George II Silver 'Tumbler Cup', William Allen I (likely), London, 1731 (SOLD)

James II / William & Mary Small Silver 'Tumbler Cup', Roger Strickland, London, c1690 (SOLD)



Fine George III Silver Tumbler Cup, Samuel Strahan, London, 1807


Fine George III Silver Tumbler Cup
Samuel Strahan, London, 1807
Crested for the Family of "Turner"
Of fine quality and exceptionally heavy (4.6 oz.) for its size
Crested for the Family of "Turner" ::
a lion passant gu, holding in dexter in paw a laurel branch vert.
2-1/8" High, 2-5/8" Diameter / 4.6 oz.





"Tot cups" are small drinking vessels, sometimes with a single handle, or handleless, in beaker form. 

They are usually footed and dram size (about two inches). 

Tot cups are said to be predecessors of the later Georgian “stirrup cups” -

so popular in both silver and ceramic from the mid-18th century forward. 

Tot cups, like stirrup cups, were likely handed to riders before or after a hunt,

 and meant to be drunk without putting the vessel down.

Early silver tot cups of any form are scarce, if not rare.


Three Early Georgian Silver Tot Cups (Left to Right) :

Scarce Early George II Silver "Tot Cup", Thomas Parr II, London, 1730

Scarce Early George II Silver 'Tot Cup', William Paradise, London, 1732

Scarce George I Silver 'Tot Cup', 1724, Scratch-Initialled 'AP 1723' (SOLD)




George III Silver Beaker

Aaron Lestourgen, London 1774

Crested for the Family of Kirkby :

Willliam Comber Kirkby (Lancashire and Hampshire),
or his son William Kirkby (Guildford, Co. Middlesex)

gilt interior / 3.25" High x 3" Wide / 4.7 oz.



George III Silver Beaker

Charles Wright, London 1775.

Arms for the Browne Family

(Given the dates of the hatchments in respect of Anna Maria Browne and Charlotte Browne,

 there is a possibility that this beaker was once in the possession of either Anna Maria or Charlotte

 as spinsters prior to their respective marriages.)

3" High / 2.8 oz.



Beakers date to the earliest times in pottery.

There was even a western European Neolithic culture named "Beaker Folk".

The cylindrical vessels arrived in Britain about 2500 BC.

Some excavated early pottery beakers contained "meadowsweet pollen" -

still used today to flavor beer and the drink "mead".

Although small silver beakers were commonly used in England from c1560-1685,

late 17th century glass production overshadowed the British silver beaker,

 reducing its occurrence thereafter. 




Queen Anne Britannia Silver Beaker

William Gibson, London, 1702

Good marks to the upper rim

3” High  /  3.8 oz.


“Beakers are usually made in three parts, the sides being made from sheet which is hammered into the round

and then seamed vertically, the base and foot wire applied separately. 

The form of the beaker varies very little from the 17th to the 19th centuries….

Beakers are comparatively rare from this (Queen Anne) period.”

(Antique Silver, Peter Waldron, p163, 164)





18th Century Silver-Mounted Coconut, Double Crested

Unmarked, England

The plain shell with a scalloped and pierced silver rim mount,
raised on three hoof feet issuing from shell attachments;
the rim mount engraved with two crests,

for the familes of Lee & Guinness

3-7/8" High, The Bowl 5" Wide






George III Silver-Mounted & Crested Coconut Cup

Josiah Snatt, London, 1813

A simple, beautiful and elegant silver-mounted coconut drinking cup,
the scalloped silver rim-mount and fluted and scalloped base mount
descending to a silver pedestal stem resting on a circular reeded foot,
the silver mounted rim crested with a lion rampant;

5-7/8" High / 4" Wide at Rim / 3.75" Wide at Base

7.2 oz. Overall






Good Early Victorian Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

Thomas Edwards, London, 1839

The bowl finely  engraved with ovals of winged moths and scrolling foliage,

raised on a cast and stippled silver mount and foot; fully marked;

Fine quality and craftsmanship

5" High / 4.7 Total oz.





Rare George III Silver-Mounted Carved Lignum Vitae Tankard

Henry Nutting, London, 1805
Carved with a band of vertical rectangles over a plain band,

above a band of horizontal rectangles representing basket-weaving,
the ring-turned cover with carved thumb lift,
body rim, handle and handle thumb lift all silver mounted,
raised on three silver paw feet
7.5" High





George III Enamel Twist Ratafia Glass

England, c1760


Ratafia is a rather ancient alcoholic drink, characterized by the infusion of soft fruits
(as strawberries or cherries), nuts and herbs to alcohol or brandy, then sweetening and fermenting for several months.
Recipes vary and the exact origins are unknown. A Catalan legend relates that
three bishops from Barcelona were offered the nameless 'homemade' drink to toast a treaty agreement.
They so enjoyed the drink that they named it for signing the treaty :
'Rata fiat!' (in Latin meaning 'signed')

Ratafia has a pungently sweet aroma and is at times served with flakes of gold atop.


True Ratafia glasses are somewhat rare, having narrow upright bowls,
the bowl and stem lengths being approximately equal.


8.25" High




George III Silver Goblet

John Swift, London, 1799

The ovoid body crested for Jolliffe (Somerset)

and inscribed verso H over I * M and 1780; gilt interior and beaded collar and footrim

6" High / 7 oz.







Queen Anne Heavy Baluster Drinking Glass
England, c1710
Deep solid base with tear,
over a stem having an elongated tear from the wide angular knop
through the lower ball knop, raised on a spreading folded foot

Collector's #3 on footrim
5.75" High




Early George V Engraved Silver Quaich, Rudyard Kipling Interest


Early George V Engraved Silver Quaich
'Rudyard Kipling' Interest, England, c1912
Engraved beneath the rim with the last verse from
Kipling's 1911 poem "Big Steamers" .
By decent through the Kipling family

The Bowl, 5.75" Wide, 9" Across the Handles / 11.4 oz.




Two Georgian Silver-Mounted Leather Tankards (Blackjacks)


Georgian Silver-Mounted Leather Tankard (Blackjack), England, 18th Century (Left)

The body with 5 impressed "stars" to the center front
the silver unmarked / 5-7/8" High


Georgian Silver-Mounted Leather Tankard (Blackjack), With Later Unengraved Shield (Right)

England, 18th Century, The Mounts with 1905 Birmingham Import Marks
The silver rim scalloped and pierced, and the kicked terminal splayed
Lined to the interior
8" High





Scarce Silver-Mounted Leather Black-Jack
Maker's Mark I.T, Within a Pelleted Oval
England, 18th Century 

The stitched tapering leather vessel having a silver foot and rim mount :
the rim mount with scrolling foliage and flora centering gryphons,
above a spreading footrim chased with laurel diapering;
the two mounts connected by three hinged strapwork supports having scalloped edges
and chased central mask faces between upper and lower flowerheads;
the front with a shaped silver cartouche scratch-initialed D * N
8.25" High / 5.25" Diameter / Volume of 44 oz.

(Pictured with a William & Mary Silver Tot Cup, Ralph Leake, London, 1695)





Fine 17th Century Silver-Mounted Lignum Vitae Carved Goblet

England, c1680

Complex engine turning throughout, and with spiral stem

The silver rim mounted, Sheffield, 1911, EWO & Co.

4.25" Wide High x 3-78" Wide





18th Century Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup and Cover

Unmarked to the Body, Cover Maker's Mark Rubbed, Probably Continental

The silver-lined ovoid bowl having silver mounts with fish-scale diapering & pierced border,

supported by three silver Atlanteans over a knopped pedestal stem

and stepped base, also with scale diapering,

the coconut cover with knopped silver finial and escutcheon

10" High





George II / III Incised Twist Stem Wine

England, c1755-65

The round funnel bowl vertically moulded flutes ending in small knops,

over a finely insiced stem and

conical foot and snapped pontil ; very nice quality

5.25" High




Rare William III Silver Wine Taster

London, 1697-1700 

Marks rubbed, ?E, Britannia and lions head erased visible

3" Bowl Width / 4'' Over Handles / 1.6 oz


Very few wine tasters were made in England as wine was not a “national product”. 

However for a short period in the second half of the 17th century, a number of wine tasters were produced in England. 


There is an interesting note in Great British Wine Accessories (Butler), p. 69, fig. 4/6,

regarding this type of small silver wine taster, possibly being used - not as a merchant's taster -

but one in which a servant would taste wine, demonstrating to the host and guests that is was not poisoned.

A similar twin handled cup is shown, c1670, by an unidentified English maker.





Victorian Silver Bacchanalian Wine Taster

Rosenthall, Jacob & Co., London, 1884

The delightful Victorian silver wine taster of deep circular form,

elaborately embossed, centering a smiling Bacchus mask surrounded by

a matted ground and scrolling foliage encircling flowerheads

2.75" Diameter / 6 oz.





Good English Black Onion Bottle,


Having good density and shiny surface,
the verso with a high kick-up and snapped pontil,
the neck with an applied ring
8" High x 5.75" Diameter at Base



Shown With

A Good Pair of George III Silver Bottle Tickets
Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, London, 1794
Engraved PORT, and SHERRY,
surmounted by a shield sided by two c-scrolls and
engraved in contemporary conjoined script; JHC
1.5" High x 1.75" Wide






Two Dark Green Glass Sealed Cylinder Wine Bottles, Trelaske, Edgcumbe


Two Dark Green Glass Sealed Cylinder Wine Bottles
England, c1800 & c1820, Cornwall Interest

With Seals for The Trelaske Family, Lewannick, Cornwall (above & below left), c1800, 10.75" Higm

and The Edgcumbe Family, Cornwall (above & below right), c1820, 11.5" High






Good English Black Onion Bottle, c1710-20

The heavy deep black-green bottle having good density and shiny surface,

the verso with a high kick-up and snapped pontil,

the neck with an applied ring; without damages and chips;

very suitable for table use

7.5" High x 6" Diameter at Base



Shown with an

Early George III Silver-Gilt Escutcheon Bottle Ticket

PORT, Richard Binley, London, c1760







George III Engraved Sugar Loaf Decanter

Jacobite Interest,

England, c1770

Engraved with two sprays, each issuing a single stem having small leaves

and three cut and polished flowerheads :
a six-petaled rose, a single bud, and a 4 petal rose

11.5" High





George II 6-Sided Moulded Pedestal (Silesian) Stem Wine

England, 1740

The conical bowl over a 6-sided pedestal stem

with diamond-topped shoulders and central large elongated tear;

folded foot & snapped pontil; the verso with collector's inventory number

5.75" High




George II / III Multi-Spiral Opaque Twist Stem Wine

Engand, c1760

Of good weight, the bell bowl having a solid base
descending to a multi-spiral enamel twist stem with both center and basal swelling knops,
the twists extending into the bowl,
the conical foot with snapped pontil

6-5/8" High / The Rim, 2-3/5" / The Foot, 3"




Rare Continental Cut & Engraved Ceremonial Glass

Mid to Late 18th Century, Probably Bohemian


The large glass with a cut and engraved drawn funnel bowl over a stem of 4 graduating hollow facet cut knops,
resting on the largest knop which has a small polished pontil verso;
the bowl engraved with a roundel with the following :
a sun in splendor, a concave flaming heart, a sunflower with two buds
above a furrowed field with two bridges, and sided by sprays of lily of the valley

below the inscription : "das leben kombt von dir." (Loosely translates "the life comes from thee".)


The precise original use of this glass (or cup) is not yet known.
However the consensus is that its use was secular, and not ecclesiastical.
I am also advised that is it likely "quasi-Masonic", or of a related club, as many existed in that period.

9.5" High





George II Jacobite Engraved Airtwist Wine

With Stuart Rose, Oak Leaf and Star

England, c1750

(The engraver likely Engraver C, as discussed and pictured in
The Jacobites and Their Drinking Glasses, Seddon, p.110-111 and 116-7)

6.25" High







George III Jacobite Moulded Bowl Opaque Twist Wine

Daffodil & Bee, England, c1750

Daffodils symbolized 'hope'- the return of spring,
and akin to the sunflower, the return of the Stuart reign.
Bees symbolized both 'fertility' and 'resurrection' to new life out of decay.
5.75" High







George II Jacobite Trumpet Form Wine

England, c1745

With Stuart Rose and two buds, the sun and a white oak leaf


Ref : An identical glass is illustrated The Book of Wine Antiques, Butler & Walkling, p. 200, Pl. 205,

the frontal rose and sun to the backside both being visible.


Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Royal House of Stuart 1688-1788 : Works of Art from the Drambuie Collection,

Robin Nicholson, p. 16, cat. no 15 A "Chastleton Manor" decanter and four wine glasses c. 1750, Pl. ii,

an identical wine glass with drawn bowl and air twist stem height 6-1/4 inches engraved with rose, two buds, “star” and oak leaf :


Provenance : Christie's London

6" High





George III Jacobite Airtwist Wine

England, c1750-60

engraved with a Stuart 6-petaled rose and a single bud and leaves,
above a multiple series air twist stem with flattened central knop;
the round conical foot with a snapped pontil & bearing collector's labels verso

6.25" High





Set of Three George III Engraved Facet Cut Wines

England, c1780

Extremely well engraved

4-3/8” High




George III Scottish Provincial Engraved Silver Quaich

Charles Jamieson, Inverness, c1810

Having twin shaped lugs with upper surfaces engraved AMG and PML (untraced),
raised on a plain collet marked footrim

5-5/8" Wide, Over Handles / 2-7/8" Diameter, The Bowl / 3.2 oz.

Ref : Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, 13 August 2014

"Inverness - a scarce Scottish provincial quaich, Charles Jamieson",
of identical form with engraved initials (traced)




Pair George II Sandliands Drinkwater Silver Bottle Tickets


Pair George II Silver Escutcheon Bottle Tickets

Sandilands Drinkwater, England,c1745-50

The centers incised for PORT and MADEIRA,
within borders flat chased with grape clusters and leaves

2.25" Wide / .8 oz.





Three George II Silver Escutcheon Bottle Tickets, c1739-50

'MOUNTAIN' James Slater, London, 1739-50 (SOLD)

'CLARET' Thomas Rush, London c1740

'WHITE.WINE' William Cripps, London, 1743-50

Each Priced Separately


("Mountain" is a fortified dessert wine, sweet and dark, from the Malaga area of Spain.

It was very popular during the whole of the 18th century, but rarely found later.)

"Wine Labels", E.W. Whitworth, p.55




Good Pair of George III Silver Bottle Tickets
Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, London, 1794
Very high quality, engraved PORT, and SHERRY,
surmounted by a shield sided by two c-scrolls and
engraved in contemporary conjoined script; JHC
1.5" High x 1.75" Wide / .9 oz.





Top Row and Bottom Center :

18th & Early 19th Century British Silver "Neck-Ring" Bottle Tickets, & "Collar"


Good Irish Silver Bottle Ticket, "Sherry", Benjamin Tait, Dublin, c1790 (SOLD)


Bottom Left :

Good Pair George III Irish Silver Bottle Tickets, John Stoyte, Dublin, c1788,

"Sherry" & "Port"


Bottom Right :

Good Pair George III Silver Bottle Tickets, "W. Wine" & "Port"

John Brockwell, London,1811


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Georgian Silver Rectangular Bottle Tickets, Various, 18th Century




Fine George III Cut & Engraved Glass Decanter

Jacobite Sympathy

England, c1770

Of heavy weight, well cut and engraved,
the body centering a ferny leaf spray having three 6-petaled concave roses and buds,
and a further spray with a 6-petaled concave rose and buds
below a jaybird in flight with small leafy spray,
the neck cut with horizontal and vertical ribs, the base with two rows of




George III Cut & Engraved Sugar-Loaf Decanter, Masonic Interest

England, c1780


The high shoulders in "sugar-loaf" (or mallet) form, resembling the "Masonic maul",
engraved with three Suns in Splendor within swags of ovals and stars

suspended from floral and foliate sprays with corresponding dependent drops,
above a horizontal band of further ovals and stars, and arch-shaped basal flutes,
the faceted neck with plain lip and a lozenge faceted stopper

11" High

Illustrated in Andy McConnell's new edition of 'The Decanter".






Late 17th and early 18th century decanters were made from heavy mould-blown glass with high kicks I the base –

the kicks offering larger surfaces for cooling as well as protection from the often rough pontil.

They were used for serving and stoppers, when used, were loose corks or plugs, secured with string. 

Between 1720 and 1730, a group of carafes known as 0 "cruciform decanters" were introduced. 

They led quickly to the mid-18th century clear glass decanters with fitted stoppers.



(A reference to the shape : Byzantine 'Cruciform; Floor Plan, St. Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy)



George II Cruciform Decanter

England, c1740

The thick moulded body with having subtle cruciform shape and rounded shoulders,
below a long drawn neck with flaring mouth and applied engrailed rings, high kick to the base,

9.25" High

Shown With

Rare George II Silver Escutcheon Bottle Ticket, WHITE.WINE

William Cripps, London, 1743-50




George II Cruciform Decanter

England, c1740

Eight sided with three applied neck rings;

wonderful interior bubbling to the thick early glass

Provenance : Bernard Watney

9.25" High







Good George II Cruciform-Carafe Form Decanter

England, c1740



Early Georgian Glass Cruciform Carafe-Form Decanter

England, c1740,  9.5" High




Good Pair of George III Three-Ring Cut Glass Decanters
England or Ireland, c1800-1810
Of very heavy weight and finely cut, in the "Prussian" shape ,
and retaining the original cut bulls eye stoppers
11" High (with stopper)





William & Mary Silver Tumbler Cup

London 1692

IC in a shaped punch, a mullet below

(Jackson's Revised, p.137, as found on 2 tankards, 1685-6, and a toy porringer 1691-2)

Bearing arms for the family of Rogers (Rodgers, Roger)

2-7/8" High, 3-3/8" Wide / 4.8 oz





Set of 3 George III Silver Wine Coasters

John Rowbotham, 1775, Sheffield

An early set, crested  for Everard and an Unknown Family




George III Silver 3-Part Wine Funnel, David Hennell II & Samuel Hennell
London, 1802, together with a
George III Scottish Silver Wine Funnel Stand
Edward Livingstone of Dundee (active 1794-1824)

Edinburgh c1800

Each with reeded rims,

the funnel centering a deep strainer with flower-form piercing;
the push-on detachable curved spout with lower flutes and banded center;
also with detachable inner unmarked muslin ring
5" High / 3.35 oz.
The stand domed form, and arked verso with provincial maker's mark,
standard mark and duty mark only.
3.9" Wide / 1.5 oz.





Very Good George III Silver 2-Part Wine Funnel
Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard, London, 1814
Of heavy gauge silver, fluted form with reeded rims,

having floriform piercing to the strainer and a shell tang
6" High and 5.7 oz.





George III Silver Three-Part Wine Funnel
Peter, Anne & William Bateman, London, 1803
With reeded rim and shaped tang,
the push-on detachable strainer with reeded band
above a full curved and notched spout; also with detachable inner muslin ring
5.2" High, 3.25" Diameter

With Associated George III Scottish Silver Reeded Funnel Stand

Alexander Gairdner, Edinburgh, c1790

Crested for Cunninghm :


Cunningham crest






A Scarce Early George III Irish Silver Wine Funnel Stand (Drip Pan)
A George III Silver 2-Part Wine Funnel

Each with Beaded Rim

The Stand William Bond, Dublin, 1761
With plain field centering the conjoined script initials I C , with flourishes
3.5" Diameter / 1.2 oz

The Funnel, London, 1783, Marks Rubbed (an early example);
Of heavy gauge silver,nicely shaped tang; marks to the edge, with makers marks illegible
(often the case with bulge marks)
5" High / 3-1/16" Wide / 2.4 oz.





George III Silver Wine Funnel, Stephen Adams II, London, 1804 - SOLD

Shown With

George III Irish Provincial Silver Wine Funnel Stand, Joseph Kinselagh, Cork, c1790 - SOLD

The domed stand crested for Thomas Carr, Freemason and author of “The Ritual of the Operative Free Masons”




George III Silver Lemon (Punch) Strainer

Charles Aldridge & Henry Green, London 1771

Literature : Recently published in "Silver Lemon Strainers, 1686-1846", Michael Adams, Fig. 62, p. 72 :

8-7/8" Wide / 4 oz.




George III Silver Lemon (Punch) Strainer

Samuel Meriton II, London, 1780

crested for Molyneux, Earls of Sefton

Literature : Recently published in "Silver Lemon Strainers, 1686-1846", Michael Adams, Fig. 108, p. 89 :

4.25” Diameter x 9.5” Over Handles / 4.4 oz.





George II Silver Brandy Saucepan

EhA, London, 1744

Grimwade, #3543

Useful for  warming or serving brandy, butter and sauces




George III  Silver Brandy Saucepan (Warmer)

Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp, London, 1774

Crested for the Family of Wollaston

Useful for  warming or serving brandy, butter and sauces




George III Scottish Silver Quaich

Taylor & Hamilton, Glasgow, c1780

The two lug handles with inscriptions

5-7/8' over handles / 3.1 ozt.





Four George III Firing Glasses - Click Each, or Link Below for Detail Page


George III Unusually Cut Firing Glass, the basal cuts as hearts

Early George III Dram Firing Glass with Oversewn Foot

George III Engraved Masonic Firing Glass - SOLD

Early George III Terraced Foot Opaque Twist Firing Glass




Good George III Cuban Mahogany Candlestand

Probably Scotland (Francis Brodie), Taymouth Castle & Holyrood,c1765

Of dense heavy timber with good color and patination,
the square top with rounded corners above a long tapering standard
over a tripod base ending in pointed pad feet;
the base verso bearing the remains of a paper label :
30.25" High; 12.25" Square

(and perfect for holding your afternoon gin and tonic!)





Good George II / III Mahogany Kettle (Wine) Stand

England, c1755-65

Of well figured timbers retaining the original surfaces,

the octagonal top with original gallery

above a tapering and ring-turned standard with urn knop

23" High x 12" Diameter


Kettle (also called 'wine') stands were introduced in the early 18th century
to accommodate silver tea kettles on their silver stands.
They were used in the tripod form until the early George III period.
Thereafter kettle (or urn) stands with four legs were more usual.
Small tripod stands have become increasingly difficult to find with original surfaces and in good condition,
particularly one with its original gallery.






Early George III Brass-Bound Mahogany Cellaret on Stand

England, c1765

An early example of dense heavy mahogany timbers, with original brass cooperage and handles,

having a zinc liner and raised on small brass casters

25” High x 24” Wide x 18” Deep / 25.25” Over Handles






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In The Company of Small Cups, 9 English Silver Cups, dating 1690-1774


Among the most charming and collectible of drinking vessels are

the "small silver cups" of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Herein are a few English examples,

accompanied by 'historic sentiments' on their behalf.


EARLY ENGLISH WINE TASTERS :  Their Lore, Influences, & The 'Disputes' of Name & Purpose



Their Lore, Influences ...& The 'Disputes' of Name & Purpose






In 1714, the last Stuart monarch, Queen Anne, died - without heir.
Among her triumphs was the union with England of Scotland -
which the Stuarts (Stewart) had ruled since the 12th century -
and wherein most wished passionately to see the Stuart monarchy retained.
This intense passion was shared by many in England, Wales and Ireland.


However, for religious and political reasons (Act of Settlement),
the throne went to the closest cousin - Prince-Elect of Hanover (Germany) - George I.


This set the stage for the treasonous Jacobite plight :
to return "the rightful Stuart heirs" to the British throne -
its impassioned loyalties, its battles, its coded and cryptic language and images -


And, Jacobite Engraved Drinking Glasses - illustrated throughout the page below.

 Click here for a short illustrated article.


To Decant, Or Not To Decant : That is the Question



Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

Through a tad of washing and polishing ....

Or to take arms against that thought of complete sensory delight

And let "convenience" rule with disposable paper and plastic?



"ICONIC SUNS" on the 18th Century Glassware of the Freemasons & Jacobites :


Depictions of the sun exist from the earliest times in almost all cultures.

Suns usually possess attributes of power, of life and renewal.


However, some iconic suns engraved on 18th & early 19th century English and European glass

also represent a history of secrecy, and interwoven spiritual and political cultures - and symbols :

particularly those of the oft-misunderstood fraternity of Freemasons,

and the Scottish-led Jacobite movement.


Click here for a short article. The glassware is also listed above.




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