Pair Victorian Champagne Glasses
A nice pair of Victorian champagne glasses or coupes, engraved with a row of vertical blazes over a band of stars, on fluted stems with fluted shoulder knob and star-cut feet.
The coupe was designed in England in 1663, especially for drinking sparkling wine. It was thought to provide the best taste of the wine. The larger rim opening permitted the wine to hit the palate all at once, thus having the effect of softening the acidity in the taste and providing a smoother and less fruity drink. It was fashionable in France from its introduction until the 1970s, and in the United States from the 1930s until the 1980s.
Hand engraved in England 1880.