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Champagne glass

Champagne glass

  • Place of origin:

    Stourbridge (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stourbridge Glass Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-etched glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125b, case 2

Object Type
The first table services entirely in glass were devised by the mid-1820s. Extensive services became increasingly popular by the end of the 19th century. Such services might include up to seven or eight goblets, each for a different drink. This example is for champagne. Although flutes were still made for drinking champagne, glasses with cup-shaped bowls were probably introduced around 1830 and were standard by the 1860s. Increasing mechanisation of manufacture and decoration reduced the price of such sets, making even the most elaborate designs affordable to a wider audience.

Materials & Making
Etching glass by drawing a pattern in a layer of wax on the surface of the glass and then plunging it into hydrofluoric acid was first practised in the late 18th century. The process was developed commercially in the 1840s. By 1861 John Northwood (1836-1909) and James Northwood (1839-1915) at Wordsley, West Midlands, were among the first major producers to use it extensively. They had earlier invented the template etching machine for inscribing the pattern through the wax. With the invention in 1864 of a gear-driven, geometric etching machine, interlocking patterns such as loops or the ever-popular 'Greek key' border patterns were applied to virtually all table glass. They were used especially on the new paper-thin glass that appeared in the 1870s.

Physical description

Etched with floral and scrolled design

Place of Origin

Stourbridge (made)


1880-1890 (made)


Stourbridge Glass Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-etched glass


Height: 11 cm, Width: 7.7 cm

Object history note

Made in Stourbridge, West Midlands

Descriptive line

Champagne glass, part of a set, probably English, ca. 1880

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Mrs Beeton advised diners to drink champagne ' with the joints'. Champagne had become very popular with ladies and could be drunk throughout the dinnner but never with dessert. [27/03/2003]


Glass; Drinking; British Galleries


Ceramics Collection

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