Rhine wine glass, with “WJ” cypher and the cross from the Jay family crest. Made for Col. William Jay and his wife Lucie in the late 19th or early 20th century. During the period called the Gilded Age, society figures like the Jays put on elaborate, multi-course dinners. It was conventional for most of the wine served at these dinners to be French, but during a game course, like pheasant, a German white wine was often served in glasses like this. See other pieces used by the Jay’s during their meals and banquets on our Connecting to Collections: The Art of Dining tour held this Sunday , May 26th, at 2pm.
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