Sourcing Georgian Glassware – in conversation with antiques specialist Paul Buckley

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Sourcing Georgian Glassware – in conversation with antiques specialist Paul Buckley

On Georgian Regency Interiors, I like to share our Georgian interior design tips and advice as well as introduce you to personalities within the industry who also have a passion for the Georgian era. Often it is the little details that really finish off the whole the look. So this week I spoke to Paul Buckley, an antiques dealer and specialist in Georgian glassware, which can be an effective, elegant display tool when placed in a glass fronted cabinet within a Georgian dining or drawing room.

How did you become an antiques dealer specializing in Georgian glassware and what types of glassware do you source? 

Having been a collector of Georgian glassware for over a decade, in 2015 I decided to trade in the corporate world to pursue my passion. I became an antiques dealer to help others discover the beauty and craftsmanship of Georgian glassware. I have built up good inventory of stock, with a strong backup supply chain to provide particular needs for Georgian glassware as they arise. I supply Wine glasses, Gin glasses, Ale glasses, Ale & Wine Rummers and also I specialise in the more sought after Airtwists and Opaque twists for top range Georgian House glassware display purposes.

Where are you based?

I have a permanent space Hemswell Antiques in Lincoln. I also do retail trade at a selection of larger antique fairs and I have a number of private and trade buyers that come to me direct.

What attracts you to Georgian Glassware?

Although some of the glass forms were hand made as long ago as 250 and 300 years ago, the variations allow you to spot the history of each piece, which I find really fascinating.

Every glass is unique in their own nature being handmade, albeit made to certain rules for different forms. Within each piece you can see where the glass maker has left his mark be it in bowl striations, as he takes a breath, or tool marking where he has used his tweezers to create a bowl shape. Or even the movement where the glass can be slightly uneven at one point or another.

Tell me more about the different types of Georgian glassware you work with: 

Georgian glasswareWorking from left to right, this shows: – A drawn trumpet multi-spiral airtwist wine glass, with a conical bowl and folded foot, circa 1750.

A bucket bowl opaque twist wine glass, with a rare single series pair of opaque gauze twists, circa 1760.

A nut moulded large Ogee bowl wine glass, with a double opaque strand twist, surrounded by two 12 ply tapes, circa 1760.


Georgian glassware

A matching set of six Bristol Blue large conical bowl rummers, on blade knop stems and double capstan shoulders, circa 1825.






Georgian glasswareLeft to right: Engraved bucket bowl port or wine glass, engraved with bows and swags, with a ball knop stem, c.1750.

Fern engraved conical bowl wineglass on light stem with ball knops/folded foot, c.1740.

Engraved bucket bowl port or wine glass engraved with bows and swags, with a blade knop stem and folded foot, c.1750.


Left to right, a group of three early Liege wine glasses
A strawberry & rib moulded bowl on an air tear stem, with a conical folded foot, c 1720.

A nut moulded bowl on a wrythen knopped stem, with a conical folded foot, c 1720.

A honeycomb moulded bowl on an air tear stem, with a conical folded foot, c 1720.

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