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9811 A Very Large Late 18th Century Goblet

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This magnificent goblet was made in the closing years of the 18th century and has a deep ovoid bowl on a short plain stem. It could hold a full bottle of wine - but who would do such a thing?

So!  What to do with a glass like this?...!  A suggestion....  You have had either a wonderful day.....or perhaps one you want, no need, to forget - so here's what to do.  Find a bottle of fine wine, a tasty morsel, and the most comfortable chair in the house.  Of course you will need this glass, and either delighful company or a gripping book  Then settle back, and pour half the bottle into the glass and savour the moment.. and the next...and the next.  Some time later, repeat the process, and see what a glass can do for you!

Quite for what a goblet of such a size was originally intended can only be a matter of surmise, but today it would function admirably for a man (or woman) who wishes to indulge themselves. Of course, it would be equally suitable for beer, cider or any other drink - even lemonade!

It is illustrated in my book 'Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900' - plate 11/42.

Date: c.1790

Dimensions: 7.5", 19 cm. high

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