I never thought that scrolling through Google images to find a match for the Royal Stuart Crystal sherry glass featured below would lead me down a rabbit hole filled with different sizes, shapes and designs. It appears that some provide only a drop of sherry, while others offer more generous portions. Being offered sherry at the opening of a photographic exhibition recently brought to mind the ubiquitous shape of ‘institutional’ sherry glasses we see on such occasions – like the one on the left and second from the right in the photograph below.
The glass in the foreground with the grape pattern on it is from a set of four I purchased soon after we got married – one still offered sherry in a sherry glass in those days! Well, there was a time – and in certain circles such a time remains – when one definitely chose a glass according to the liquid that was to be poured into it. Now my mind wanders to the memory of my maternal grandfather who had a cabinet filled with different shaped glasses. These he chose with particular care according to the cocktails he was mixing – I was far too young to taste them, but loved watching him putting them together.
Wine glasses for white and wine glasses for red – don’t forget the flutes for the bubbly (there’s another adventure waiting in terms of shapes and sizes!) – were more important than they are now. Perhaps we simply don’t have the space anymore in which to keep a glass for every occasion.
Back to the featured sherry glass. I was trying to identify the pattern etched into the glass but couldn’t find a match.
It is a survivor of a set of six which my parents received as a wedding gift in 1942 – I have four of them. What a lot of memories these evoke!