Drinking was something making up a significant part of the day for many of the more fortunate, financially that is. During the 17th and 18th century many started the day by drinking and rarely managed to become sober. The wine was a lot stronger than we know it. It was frequently drunk out of very beautifully and delicately handmade glasses. It is interesting to note that glass at this time was often more expensive than silver. Glass also served the purpose of reflecting light , making the environment lighter. Day light and candle light needed to be complemented. Below we show some fine 18th & 19th century glasses and from the Art Deco era, when glass again became an important art form.