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These hand blown and molded wines glasses conveyed an image of gentility and sophistication at a time when most Americans drank cider, rum and whiskey rather than more expensive imported wine. In 1792, Americans consumed an estimated two and a half gallons of hard liquor per person each year. By 1810, per capita consumption had risen to four and a half gallons. By 1823, it had risen to seven and a half gallons of alcohol per person each year. The temperance crusades of the 19th century were born out of a growing concern among reformers regarding Americans' drinking habits.


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Wine Glasses

date   c. 1790
location   England
height   3.875"
process/materials   glass-blown, molded
item type   Household Goods/Food Service Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1990.005.20

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