This high stemmed vessel may have been among the many "enameled" wine glasses George Washington acquired for his table 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 and twists. Washington and his guests may have used this small glass of one ounce capacity to partake of strong, sweet liquors after dinner or tea.


Cordial glass with round funnel bowl, double series opaque twist with a four ply spiral band outside a gauze in a plain stem; conical foot; wheel engraved decoration of a vine, wheat, and berry border surrounds the top of the bowl; since the design was placed so high on the bowl, the designer was unable to fit the top portions of some elements into the allotted space; polished pontil.


c. 1765





Overall: 5 5/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. (14.3 cm x 7.32 cm x 7.32 cm)
Other (bowl): 1 3/4 in. x 1 11/16 in. x 1 11/16 in. (4.45 cm x 4.29 cm x 4.29 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Lewis Conrad, 1935

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Colors (Beta)

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