Set of 6 Cranberry Glass Sherry Port Glasses Antique Victorian c1880

Midas Antiques


Stunning set of 6 cranberry glass sherry or port glasses dating from the late Victorian period. Cranberry glass also known as 'Gold Ruby' glass is a red glass made by adding gold salts or colloidal gold to molten glass.
The origins of cranberry glass making are unknown, but many historians believe a form of this glass was first made in the late Roman Empire. The craft was then lost and rediscovered in the 17th century Bohemian period by either Johann Kunckel in Potsdam or by the Florentine glassmaker Antonio Neri. The most famous period of cranberry glass production was in 19th century Britain during the Victorian Era. Legend holds that cranberry glass was first discovered when a noble tossed a gold coin into a mixture of molten glass. This legend is almost certainly not true, as the gold must be dissolved in aqua regia before being added to the molten glass.
The glass is in good order and colour please see the pictures as they form part of the description and condition report. A wonderful addition to any collection.
Approx size of each glass 5.8 x 5.8 x 12.8 cm or 2.2 x 2.2 x 5.0 inches.
Total weight 511.6 grams or 18.04 oz.