Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 6 August 2015
Passing through Tetbury I stopped off at one of the antique shops and found this glass in exactly the same spot as I had found it a year ago, when I almost bought it. This time I did buy it.
It's an 18th century 'firing glass', from around 1740. It is also a tear-stemmed trumpet version, which makes it fairly unusual. It is in exactly the same style as my wine glass of the same period, and I love it.
Firing glasses were always short and stubby, with a thick foot. The reason for this is that they were tapped on the table at meetings (Freemasons used them a lot) instead of clapping, and the sound of dozens of glasses being tapped on a wooden table reminded people of a volley of gunshots.
I'm keeping this one, especially since I got it for around half of its worth. The dealer didn't know what it was really for, and for some reason nobody else had bought it. I'll be gloating over it for a long time to come.