Visitors to Mount Vernon routinely commented on the abundance of provisions offered at dinner, which included a selection of beverages ranging from fine wines to hard cider, ale, beer, and the Philadelphia porter of which George Washington was fond. Malted liquors and ciders were typically served in glasses with deep bowls. This example is similar to the "enameled" ale glasses Washington acquired from London in the 1760s and 1770s. The term "enameled" refers to the opaque white glass rods embedded in the stem, which glassmakers fashioned into a dazzling variety of spirals, gauzes, and twists.


Drinking glass with round funnel bowl, plain stem with a pair of spiral tapes outside gauze, and conical foot with pontil mark; a thread of air twist is intertwined amidst the opaque twists of the gauze, and the tapes are each composed of an opaque and air twist joined together.







Overall: 8 in. x 3 in. x 3 in. (20.32 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm)
Other (bowl): 3 3/4 in. x 1 15/16 in. x 1 15/16 in. (9.53 cm x 4.93 cm x 4.93 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1959

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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