A pair of handsomely cut, high quality crystal wine rinsers or chillers. They are Georgian and were made in England, c1800-20. Beautifully designed and made with classic fluted shoulders, a deep cut border of darts and polished pontils. They have excellent Georgian proportions and the crystal used rings beautifully. The crystal is thick enough to hold up to daily use, yet not so thick as to be disproportionate. Because they are handmade, there may be some tiny, vague differences between the two, but they are most definitely a pair and have been together since their creation (as far as the family is aware). The main difference is in the extension of the polished pontil area.
These crystal wine rinsers are clear and clean and in flawless condition. There are no chips, cracks or other flaws. There are a couple of minor bubbles within from the initial manufacture. Bottom diameter 3 3/4"; top measures 5 7/16" from spout to spout and 4 9/16" front to back; just under 4" high.
Wine rinsers were used at formal dinners, when each course was served with a different wine. The wine glass would be rinsed between each course in the attempt to provide a clear glass from which to drink the wine of the next course. This type of vessel was also used with cold water, to chill the wine glasses for white wine. The glasses shown here are not included with this sale, but are available separately. There is a set of five.