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These glass objects are a symbol of luxury for the time. Glasses were a luxury item only owned by those who were well-off!
Venice was the center of glass making, but other areas also produced glass, including northern Germany, Bohemia (parts of the Czech Republic), Silesia (parts of Poland), and the Netherlands, where the Schencks were from!
The glasses themselves are what got me into wine tasting and their European design is indeed a luxury to have with the wine.
How wonderful! Have you had the chance to drink from antique glass?
I imagine that a beautifully-crafted vessel enhances the experience of a beverage.
I only have one that I purchased that Thomas Jefferson used which is a flute as he called it. He admired all things that were European.
Wow, what a piece of history to own! Yes, Jefferson was well-versed in European design trends.