Engraving on glass has been practised for some 3,500 years. The art form has its origins in Mesopotamia, where seal engraving was practised with immense skill on hard stone. By the late 17th century in England the glassmaker George Ravenscraft discovered that by increasing the quantity of lead oxide in glass he could produce a beautiful, clear, bright ‘metal’ ideal for facet-cutting. Because this also produced a physically softer glass it was welcomed by the 18th century artists—and it was in this century, in 1776, that the historic crystal company Royal Brierley was founded. New techniques followed across the years, but today freehand engraving of glass is a rare art form and Royal Brierley is among the very few companies in the world still to employ a freehand glass engraver, master engraver Nick Davey, to hand engrave their fine lead crystal. And because the shooting and flyfishing world recognises and appreciates tradition, it is the Pheasant and the Salmon crystal decanters and tumblers which master engraver Nick Davey has expertly engraved with these beautifully detailed images.
Here, a cock pheasant is the subject, expertly rendered and engraved. Each piece is individually hand engraved, signed, and arrives in a smart Royal Brierley silk lined box.
Hand engraved lead crystal (24%) decanter and tumbler, engraved with pheasant. RRP £195. CCUK £138.
Hand engraved decanter with pair of tumblers. Code PD03DC17. RRP £240. CCUK £168. For engraved tumblers without the decanter, and for other sporting game including Grouse, Partridge, Woodcock and Red Stag, call Member Services, 020 7399 2960. Decanter & tumbler