Cordial glass, one of five
Gift of Mr. J. A. Lloyd Hyde
Acc. No. 1969-80,1
Small round funnel bowl with heavy base and narrow vertical ribbing from middle to bottom of bowl. Straight stem with air twist central double corkscrews surrounded by two seven-ply spiral bands. Plain conical foot.
Label:British stemware evolved dramatically during the eighteenth century. Early glasses featured bold knops. Gradually, emphasis shifted from the shape of the stem to the decorative possibilities offered by the inclusion of interlaced strands of trapped air or colored glass. It can be difficult to distinguish the specific function of early drinking vessels, but this one likely held cordial. These forms all have a much smaller capacity than is standard today.