The big one (and it is really big - 8 inches high) is a classic, mid-18th century, trumpet bowl wine glass which falls into the 'goblet' category. It is not going to help my self-confessed 'habitual drinker' status as revealed in the previous post. If the doctor were to ask me how much wine I drink at night, I could honestly answer, "Oh, just two or three glasses..." without telling him that amounts to about a bottle. It is a real brute - a handsome brute, but a brute nevertheless.
The little one next to it is a fairly common little wine glass from about 1790 (I have about 15 of them already) but I have not seen one with gold applied to the engraving like this, so I bought it at a good price from a dealer yesterday. Gilded 'swags' like this became very popular in the Georgian Regency period. The dealers who sold it to me (two gay men, as it happens) had obviously tried it out before putting it on the shelf, as it is dirty with the residue of some dark drink, recently poured into it. Maybe - like me - they were scared of washing it for fear of removing some of the 200 year old gilding in the engraving? (or maybe they are just dirty sluts - but I don't want to start another argument - Moi?)