Cranberry Glasses


Cranberry Glasses

Probably about 100 years old these glasses are in a beautiful shade of cranberry with clear glass stems.

They are 5 inches high and 2 inches across the bowl not huge then.

The price is per glass! Typically we are not sure how many of these we have - is after all a junk shop with no order in it whatsoever. We certainly have two but there may be more lurking in some dark corner somewhere..... Ah yes! We have just found two more so there are currently 4. We will keep looking.

Cranberry glass is made by adding gold (yes gold) to the molten glass and it was certainly made by the ancient Romans. The recipe became lost and was rediscovered in the 17th century either in Bohemia or Italy (there is a dispute about this presumably between the Germans and Italians) who cares? The story goes that its discovery was by accident when a noble tossed a gold coin into some molten glass this is not likely to be true because the gold must be dissolved in aqua regia (a mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids) before being added.

The most famous period of cranberry glass making was in England in the 19th century when we think these glasses were made.

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