Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Stem Formations on all types of drinking glasses

A stem is the part of a vessel, mainly a drinking glass, which unites the bowl to the base or foot.  The following examples are from the Allaire Collection and show various types of stem formations.

Wrythen serpentine stem, Salviati 1880

Hollow, inverted baluster stem, Spanish 18th Century

Conical coiled stem and foot. Three colorless raspberry prunts and ruffled coil. European 1890-1910

Stem with inverted baluster and base knop, English 1720

Opaque white twist stem, English 1765

Knop with three raspberry prunts over a straight stem of opaque white twist, English 1750

Wrythen twist stem with blue trail detail, Venetian mid 17th Century

This is a composite stem consisting of a capstan above a flattened ball ribbed knop over a hollow inverted baluster knop., European 19th Century

Concave coiled foot. Stem with vertical ribs decorated with two rows of smooth spherical prunts, Netherlands or Germany mid 17th Century

Stem with two mereses (disks) over a flattened knop and capstan, Bohemian 1690

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  1. Meggie Taylor said, on March 22, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Your information is invaluable when trying to give an accurate description of stemware. Thank you !

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