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Antique Glasses: Tableware for Dinner Parties and Outdoor Banquets

There’s something charming about vintage glassware. Retaining a sense of old glamour – they effortlessly turn an ordinary occasion into something wonderful. While many of these glasses remain tucked away inside our grandparents bar cupboards, you can often find a couple of sets at the local antique store and now, several department stores.

Coupe wine glasses

The coupe glass has a scandalous, albeit fictitious, history. For a long time, it was believed the shape of the coupe was modelled on the left breast of Marie Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI of France. However, the myth was disputed by the fact the coupe was designed in England over a century earlier. Defined by its small stem and shallow bowl, the wine glass was originally used for champagne and sparkling wine. It was only when people began to notice the shallow bowl released the bubbles too quickly, that champagne was poured into the flutes that we have today.

Despite the coupes technical failings, it’s undeniably a beautiful piece of glassware. Having been popular with 1920s flappers and the leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era, the coupe glass still retains an air of glamour. If you find a couple that you love, simply swap the sparkling wine for a non sparkling version and you won’t have any issues.

Crystal wine glasses

Crystal wine glasses have been used for centuries. Coming in a variety of silhouettes and styles, you will find crystal coupes, goblets and flute style glasses. Crystal glassware became hugely popular in the early 1800s and by the 1820s, large quantities were manufactured with manufacture marks. If you’re thinking about starting a collection of crystal glassware then make sure to look for this makers mark to ensure its authenticity when purchasing.

Vintage wine decanter

The humble decanter has seen a resurgence in recent years. While people have stored wine in a large variety of containers over the centuries, including pottery jugs in ancient Greece and Rome, the decanter as we know it, is only around 300 years old. While you can find vintage decanters in all shapes, sizes and materials, we love these crystal wine decanters to pair with your set of crystal and coupe glasses.

If you’re ready to look for your own vintage wine glasses then make sure that you hit up these antique shops in Perth and Melbourne on your search.

Griffe Montenapoleone by Vetrerie di Empoli Arlecchino Cup $353.00
Serena Confalonieri Set of 2 Calypso Pink & Amber Glasses | $410.00

Mario Cioni & C Platinum Set of 6 Glasses | $1,500

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