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Vintage Baccarat Crystal Cordial Glasses - Set of 8

Vintage Baccarat Crystal Cordial Glasses - Set of 8

$140.00

Here's to your health! 

Founded in 1765 in the little village of Baccarat, France, the incomparable Cristalleries de Baccarat has long been the premier glassworks in France. Famous around the world for its elegant crystal paperweights, its superb crystal glassware, for beautiful decanters and decorative bottles and for magnificent lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds, the house of Baccarat is still located in the same small town some 250 miles east of Paris.

From the exclusive house of Baccarat, this lovely set of Vintage Glasses make a delicate and delightfully appropriate finale to the perfect dinner. The diminutive crystal glasses with their beautifully faceted stems are perfectly sized for after-dinner drinks and are sure to add their elegant French sparkle to your table.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Handwashing recommended. 3"H x 1 5/8". Approximate capacity is 1 ounce.

 

Learn More About Cordials

The word "cordial" was originally used to describe any "invigorating and stimulating preparation" intended for a medicinal purpose. Various concoctions were created that were believed to be beneficial to one's health, especially for the heart. (Indeed the word for heart in Latin is cordialis.)  

Most cordials were of European origin, first produced in Italian apothecaries by monks during the Renaissance. It is from this origin that cordials are frequently referred to in French as Liqueurs d’ltalie, it is also from this that we have liqueurs. From the Renaissance onward, cordials were usually alcohol-based in which certain herbs or spices were allowed to steep. The first cordials arrived in England in the late 15th century and were called distilled cordial waters. These were strictly used as alcoholic medicines, prescribed in small doses to "invigorate and revitalize" the heart, body and spirit as well as cure diseases. By the 18th century cordials were being enjoyed for their intoxicating effects and medicinal virtues, and were fast becoming recreational drinks, eventually evolving into liqueurs.

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