Tip of the Week! Stemware Shapes 101
Stemware, beautiful stemware. Goblets, sherbets, cordials, wines and parfaits. Where to start and how do you tell what you have?
Goblets look like the picture below of a Rose Point water goblet. They have longish stems, a good size bowl. Water goblets from days past are between 6 and 9 inches tall and most will hold around 9 ounces filled right to the brim. If you look at a vintage goblet and it reminds you of the goblets restaurants use for wine nowadays, then it is probably the water goblet.
This Rose Point water goblet is 8 3/8 inches tall and holds 9 ounces.
A sherbet, also called a champagne sherbet, is shorter than the water goblet and has a different shape. The bowl is V shape and is quite wide at the top. If you think about how you would eat ice cream, it makes sense that the shape would be more bowl-like and less goblet-like.
This is the champagne sherbet in the same Rose Point pattern. Can you see the difference in the bowl? Sherbets are usually 3 to 6 inches tall and hold around 5 to 6 ounces. If a pattern was successful, the glass company tended to make more pieces. You can find several sizes of sherbets in some patterns!
I hope this little introduction to stemware shapes is helpful. Drop me a note and let me know. We’ll continue with Stemware Shapes 102 next week.