Back in the day wine goblets were small – about 2-3 ounces – quite different from the large tall goblets we see today. Cambridge used their Rose Point etch on stemware for every size and purpose one could imagine, and today we can find the variety confusing.
This Rose Point stem is one of the most common, the 8 3/8 inch tall water goblet that holds about 10 ounces. (All capacities measure the goblet filled to the brim.) Today we often consider this size for wine.
Curio House Antiques set out a nice line up of Rose Point stems at the Dearborn depression glass show a couple weeks ago. Going right to left we have the wine goblet, iced tea footed tumbler and water footed tumbler.
Judging from the heights, this wine is the regular wine goblet, which is 5 7/8 inches tall and holds 2 1/2 ounces, and not the claret wine which is a little taller and holds one more ounce. (I don’t know why one would drink more claret than other types of wine.)
I thought this picture would help all of us. I had never seen the footed water tumblers before although judging from the prices shown they cannot be all that uncommon. Dave and I use the footed ice tea tumblers for water and the tall water goblets for wine. That works fine, although some day I would like to get the real wine goblets.
My thanks to the Curio House Antiques of Highland, Indiana, for permission to photograph their glass.