Here is a bad photo of my latest vitrine acquisition which arrived in the post yesterday, bought on impulse the day before.
It is called a Kit Kat glass, and it dates from around 1720-1730.
The name 'Kit Kat' relates to the Kit Kat club in London, which I believe was founded in 1705, and there are various theories as to how it got it's name. One is that the founding owner was called Kit Catson, and another is that a kit-kat was a type of pie eaten for supper in such clubs, but it could be a case of 'chicken or egg'.
These tall-stemmed, baluster glasses became forever associated with the club, after the 1721 painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller (above), depicting Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Henry Clinton, Earl of Lincoln, seated at the Kit Kat club and drinking from this style of glass.
My one stands six and a half inches high, and at this point I would normally be saying what a miracle it is that it has survived for about 285 years intact but, sadly, it hasn't. There are two chips on the rim, and one of them has a small crack running down about half an inch which I only discovered when handling the glass in the flesh. This is why I only paid a small percentage of the £600 that the glass would be worth without the damage, but I will be spending another £30 or so to have the chips filled professionally, and the crack stabilised at the same time. I intend to have a few drinks from this Kit Kat, and transport myself back to a different era using a sort of sympathetic magic more commonly referred to as 'imagination'.
... have a Kit-Kat