Exhibit Home About the Exhibit Credits Traveling Exhibit Contact Us JPPM Home
Stemware - The Outlander television series has many scenes showing people drinking wine, whiskey, and other spirits from decorative stemware, and Maryland’s artifacts illustrate just how accurate the show’s drinking props really are. Fancy table glass is rarely the first thing that comes to mind when people think of life in 18th-century Maryland, but fine stemware was regularly shipped from England for the enjoyment of Maryland’s early colonists.,  Photo images of 5 different drinking glasses, one includes a separate base fragment:Drinking Glass, Stem, Date: ca. 1700-1720, Site Name: Angelica Knoll, Site Number:18CV60/1 and Base, Date: ca. 1720-1750, Site Name: Oxon Hill Manor, Site Number:18PR175/2301, 2293; Drinking Glass, Date:ca. 1690-1730, Site Name:Addison Plantation, Site Number:18PR175/9263; Drinking Glass, Date:ca. 1720-1750, Site Name:Oxon Hill Manor, Site Number:18PR175/2339; Drinking Glass, Date:ca. 1715-1730, Site Name:Addison Plantation, Site Number:18PR175/9608; Drinking Glass, Date: ca. 1715-1735, Site Name:Oxon Hill Manor, Site Number:18PR175/2340 (stem), 2336 (base) - Drinking glasses seem like frivolous items to ship to far away colonies since they are finely made, fragile, and easily dropped by clumsy hands, especially once they have successfully delivered their alcoholic contents to thirsty mouths. These artifacts therefore demonstrate how determined colonists were to enjoy all of the comforts of home. In Maryland, planters who produced good quality tobacco had a lot of purchasing power with merchants who sent ships to the colonies full of English and European goods.  If colonists wanted fine glassware, the merchants would deliver, and presumably the occasional breakage in shipping was part of the cost of doing business. All of the drinking glasses shown here were recovered from the private homes of successful Maryland colonists. The bowls and bases of the glasses are fragmentary, but thick stems with decorative treatments were popular in the late 17th century and early 18th century, so this portion of each glass is most likely to survive. That is fortunate for archaeologists, because popular stem shapes changed over time. The different styles of the stems and the arrangement of bulbous or flattened “knops” can help archaeologists determine how old the glasses are.  Illustration shown of a  18th-century wine glass, with the differnent sections described: Bowl - this is an example of a conical bowl with a slightly curved bottom, also known as a "rounded fuunel." Other glasses of the era had bell-shaped bowls or "trumpet" bowls that flared at the top; Merese:glass to connect the bowl and stem.; Stem with Knops:the stem is made up of bulbous knops of different widths. This one is known as an "acorn" knop, but knops of many different shapes were used on wine glass stems of the 18th century.; Base of Foot:the foot was typically wider than the bowl, and reinforced by an extra glass layer. This helped prevent chipping., Image of a 1760 paintin of a girl holding a stemmed glass an bottle, caption reads:Portrait of a Girl with a Bottle and a Glass, ca. 1760, by Philippe Mercier.  ©National Trust, Wimpole Hall