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 Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass
Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass #01

Since Albert Hartshorne’s Old English Glasses was first published in 1897 there have been many books written on the subject of antique glass. Many focus on the stemmed glasses used in Britain in the eighteenth century and this reflects the great interest these wares have held for collectors since Hartshorne’s time. Rummers, those large bowled glasses that emerged in the final decades of the century, have rarely received more than a passing mention. This book has been written in order to address this relative neglect and to give these glasses a greater share of our attention.

The first part of the book describes and illustrates the development of the rummer form. This journey takes us from their first appearance around 1780 until their demise in the later decades of the nineteenth century. This description is based on the author’s experience, as well as a more formal analysis of almost two hundred dated examples. Manufacturing and decorative techniques are also discussed.

Part two deals with engraved rummers. Engraving as a technique is described along with an illustrated discussion of the handful of engravers that are currently known to us. Many different engravings are then illustrated, and where possible the original context within which they were produced is discussed. Finally, tips are given to aid new collectors.
The glasses used to illustrate the book range from the humble to the grand, from the cheap to the expensive, and from those encountered everyday to museum examples. Most are published for the first time. Detailed captions provide the reader with useful information, whether they are browsing or reading cover to cover. It is hoped that the book becomes a valuable aid to those interested in British drinking glasses in general and rummers in particular.


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