I picked up another goblet in the same line with a different etch. This is etch # – Touraine. I can’t find out why this pretty etch has this moniker, but the goblets are very stately.
“The Touraine (French pronunciation: [tuʁɛn]) is one of the traditional provinces of France. Its capital was Tours. During the political reorganization of French territory in 1790, the Touraine was divided between the departments of Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher and Indre.
The Touraine takes its name from a Celtic tribe called the Turones, who inhabited the region about two thousand years ago. In 1044, the control of Touraine was given to the Angevins, who (as the House of Plantagenet) became kings of England in 1154, the castle of Chinon being their greatest stronghold. In 1205, Philip II Augustus of France regained Touraine. At this time, Touraine was made into a royal duchy. In 1429, Saint Joan of Arc had a historic meeting with the future King of France Charles VII at Chinon. Throughout the late 15th and 16th centuries, Touraine was a favorite residence of French kings, and the dark and gloomy castles were converted to Renaissance châteaux; for this reason the region was titled “The Garden of France”. These same châteaux became popular tourist attractions in modern times. The royal duchy became a province in 1584, and was divided into departments in 1790.”
Doesn’t explain the name of the etch, but is pretty interesting nonetheless!
May 21, 2105
I am back from sunny Florida where I enjoyed trolling through many thrift and antique shops. I wasn’t able to carry back huge quantities of glass, as we were flying and I was too cheap to ship stuff, but I did find a few treasures.
It was also exciting to run into a couple vendors who were very familiar with the pieces that I keep for my own collections. I had a great time chatting with them. I really do have the most patient travelling companion!
I learned from a longtime (40 years) Heisey collector that she was still looking for a headlight and some other esoteric piece, that I have already forgotten. Headlights!!!! Who’d think.
I was on the lookout for Cambridge rams head bowls in other colours to no avail.
But …..I picked up 7 of these stems. I didn’t know what they were but I thought they were very pretty. Turns out that they were produced by Tiffin Glass in the 1930s. The stem is #17328. The etch is called “Cordelia” when created on coloured glass, but called “Florence” when produced on the crystal as it is here.