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Crystal Piece Types

Identification of the differnt types of crystal pieces.

water goblet
Water Goblet
Water goblets along with wine glasses, make up the simplest crystal place setting. The water goblet is generally larger than the wine glass and is placed to the right of the dinner plate.
wine glass
Wine Goblet
Wine glasses are most commonly used with water goblets. Like the water goblet, the wine glass is placed to the upper right of the dinner plate. The wine glass is generally placed closer to the guest than the water goblet. The wine glass can be used to serve a variety of red, white, and spritzer wines.
ice tea
Ice Tea
Iced teas are often called iced beverage glasses. This glass can be used to serve a variety of beverages including iced tea, soft drinks, and juices. The bowl is deep and easily accommodates straws and ice tea spoons. Iced tea glasses can also be used to serve frozen drinks, like daiquiris and margaritas.
tumbler
Tumbler
Flat tumblers like footed tumblers, can be used to serve a variety of fruit juices, teas, and chilled drinks. Unlike the footed tumbler, this piece does not feature a foot or a stem.
footed tumbler
Tumbler Footed
Footed tumblers feature a stem and a small foot. This piece can be used to serve fruit juices, teas, soft drinks, and other chilled beverages.
juice glass
Juice
Flat juice glasses feature a smooth bottom that does not have a foot or stem. The pieces are used to serve smaller quantities of juice.
juice footed
Juice Footed
Footed juice glasses like the flat juice glass, are generally used to serve smaller portions of juice. Footed juice glasses generally feature a short stem and a small foot.
flute
Flute
Fluted champagne glasses are a relatively new stem. Its popularity soared during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The tall bowl is perfect for helping champagne retain its natural fizz.
champagne
Champagne
Sherbet/champagnes feature short stems and shallow bowls. These pieces are often called saucer champagnes. The sherbet/champagne reached the height of its popularity during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. It was later discovered that the taller and more slender bowls of champagne flutes were better at helping champagne to retain its bubbles.
low goblet
Low Goblet
Low goblets resemble traditional water goblets and feature a shorter stem.
low sherbet
Low Sherbet
Low sherbets are generally used to serve scoops of ice cream, sorbet, and sherbet. They feature a short stem and shallow bowl that resembles the sherbet/champagne glass.
balloon wine
Balloon Wine
Balloon wine glasses feature an oversized bowl and are great for adding extra spirit to a party!
claret
Claret Wine
Claret wines are often called large red wines. The claret wine is used to serve a variety of red wines, including Bordeaux and Cabernet.
cordial
Cordial
Cordials are generally the smallest stem in a crystal collection. The glasses are used to serve cordial cocktails including very sweet liqueurs. Many of our customers collect these pieces.
decanter
Decanter
Decanters are is used to store wines and liquors. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used as decorative accents on any table.
liquor
Liquor Cocktail
Liquor cocktails are small stemmed glasses used to serve cocktails that are predominately liquor. Because of the small bowl, these pieces are not often used to serve drinks that are made from large amounts of mixer.
oyster
Oyster Cocktail
Oyster Cocktails resemble the sherbet/champagne glass and feature a shallow bowl and short stem. The oyster cocktail is used for oyster shooters and can be used for serving sauces.
parfait
Parfait
Parfaits are great for serving layered desserts, including layered ice cream sundaes and mousse. The tall bowl requires a long spoon.
sherry
Sherry
Sherry glasses are used to serve sherry, layered shooters, and port wines. This piece comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.
hock
Wine Hock
Wine hocks feature a tall stem and are used to serve wines that are produced along the Rhine River in Germany.
creamer
Creamer
Creamers are used for serving cream and flavored syrups for cups of coffee and tea. These pieces are a great addition to your tableware, dessert, or tea service.
sugar
Sugar Bowl
Sugar bowls are used for serving sugar and sweeteners.
cup and saucer
Cup & Saucer
Cup & saucers are are typically used for serving tea or coffee. The height and the style of the cup varies greatly from one manufacturer to another.
fruit bowl
Fruit Bowl
Fruit Bowls are generally 4" to 6” in diameter and can be used to serve individual portions of fruit, nuts, and ice cream.
pitcher
Pitcher
Pitchers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The pitcher is great for serving water, iced tea, and other frozen and iced beverages.
relish
Relish or Celery
Relish or celery trays are used to serve savory condiments or appetizers, such as chutney, pickles, or olives.
torte
Torte Plate
Torte plates are used to serve torte desserts and cakes. Torte cakes are made with very little flour and are garnished with nuts. These cakes are generally very rich and dense.
alt and pepper
Salt & Pepper
Salt & pepper sets also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many people collect these unique serving pieces. Generally, the salt shaker has fewer holes than a pepper shaker.
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