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Although these glasses were supposed to be for wine, which was expensive, most Americans drank cheaper forms of alcohol such as cider, rum and whiskey. In 1792, Americans drank an estimated two and a half gallons of alcohol per person each year. By 1810, that amount had risen to four and a half gallons, and by 1823, Americans drank an astonishing seven and a half gallons of alcohol per person each year. The temperance movement of the nineteenth century was created because some people believed too much alcohol was being drunk in America.


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Wine Glasses

date   c. 1790
location   England
height   3.875"
process/materials   glass-blown, molded
item type   Household Goods/Food Service Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1990.005.20

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