These handmade English crystal champagne flutes are ideal for storing and serving up your favorite champagne and sparkling wine. The thin, tapered shape of the glasses was designed to keep the bubbles from escaping more slowly, so you can enjoy the drink's effervescence longer.
To keep these champagne flutes in top condition for many a special occasion to come, hand wash only.
The story behind these crystal flutes is a classic American girl meets British boy meets Swedish glass blower. In the 1920s, wealthy American heiress Dorothy and her Yorkshire husband Leonard Elmhurst founded the Dartington Hall Trust in Devon to revitalize rural areas through business, education, the arts and country crafts. They soon became involved in artisanal activities such as cheese making, carpentry, farming and forestry. However, the Trust wanted to start a moneymaking endeavor to sustain itself, so in the 1960s the Elmhursts recruited Eskil Vilhemson and his team of Scandinavian glass blowers to Devon. The factory was officially opened in June 1967 and, over the following years, glass blowing skills were taught to the local English craftsmen. Today, the glassware is made by a team of up to 12 artisans led by a master glassblower who has perfected his skills for more than a decade. The raw materials of crystal (sand, lead oxide and other compounds) are melted in a clay pot within a special furnace set at 1400 °C (2,552 °F). The blower gathers molten glass (a gob) from the furnace on the end of a blowing pipe. The gob is then rolled smooth in a scoop before being blown, which starts to form the required shape. To achieve the final shape, the molten glass is placed inside a graphite mold. Additional forming processes and techniques are used, depending on the specifications and shape of the item being made. Once the piece has been fashioned and shaped, it is placed in a temperature-controlled tunnel called a lehr, which gradually cools the glass to room temperature so that no cracks occur. After three to 10 hours in the lehr, each piece is given a final inspection before being shipped out.
Handmade crystal champagne flutes with long neck to keep your drink chilled. Tall glass preserves aroma, while the tapered rim keeps bubbles from escaping too quickly. Made in England since 1967. Chill your bubbly in our Crystal Ice Bucket. (more info)
9 ¼ inches high x 2 ½ inches diameter at base
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