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Firing glasses

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Low drinking glasses having a short thick heavy stem and a heavy foot, and made with bowls of various shapes. They were used in private clubs, drinking societies, and at ceremonial occasions. So called from the custom of rapping the foot of the glass on the table which, in concert, sounded like gunfire.

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drinking glasses

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firing glass


11yrs ago

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