Vintage Martini Glasses
Vintage Martini Glasses are drinking glasses with a particular design, most commonly associated with the Martini cocktail.
History & Description
A martini glass is a stemmed glass with a bowl in the shape of a cone placed upon a stem above a flat base.
Also called a cocktail glass, a martini glass is typically used to serve alcoholic cocktails. Its shape is derived as a result of cocktails traditionally being served chilled. The stem lets the drinker hold the drink without affecting the drink’s temperature. Moreover, the wide cone-shaped bowl ensures that the drink is positioned directly under the drinker’s nose, thus ensuring that the aromatic element has the desired effect.
Guide for collectors
Vintage martini glasses are regularly sold through national auction houses. Collectors should look for items produced by the twentieth century’s leading silver and glass manufacturers like Tiffany & Co., Steuben and Moser.
In the last decade NIFF celebrity martini glasses have achieved the highest prices at auction. These items have been signed by some of Hollywood’s most well-known names, such as Jeff Bridges, Hugh Hefner and Manolo Blahnik.
For example, on November 1st 2010 at Auctions Neapolitan in Naples, Florida, a NIFF celebrity martini glass, signed by John Travolta, realised a price of $2,650. Although not considered as vintage today, these could prove to be a worthwhile addition or investment to any cocktail glass collection.
Notable auction sales
On June 25th 2011 at Savoia’s Auction Inc. in South Cairo, New York, a set of five vintage Moser martini glasses realised a price of $2,500.
On March 26th 2011 at Capo Auction in Long Island City, New York, a set of twelve vintage Tiffany & Co. silver martini glasses realised a price of $1,400.
On November 19th 2011 at Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a set of twelve vintage Steuben martini glasses, circa 1970, realised a price of $1,000.
On May 18th 2006 at Freeman’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a set of twelve vintage Steuben martini glasses realised a price of $900.
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