Answered By: Regan Brumagen
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016     Views: 80

Regarding your request for information on the origins of the Martini glass and on the date at which the pint glass first was made with a bulge, we have found the following information. 

1. Martini glass: 

A. "By the middle twenties, reflecting homegrown modernist design trends as well as influences from the Bauhaus and Wiener Werkstatte, new avant-garde shapes had appeared in studio glassware, among them the now iconic stemmed straight-flared V. It originated as a simplified and geometrically abstracted version of the saucer champagne glass, which had replaced the flute at the turn of the century." Rudin, Max. "There Is Something About A Martini." American Heritage. July/August 1997, p. 40. 

If you wished you could also consult trade catalogs from the time period to try and locate a more specific date. You may also wish to review drinking glass and/or goblet patents from the mid-twenties, it appears several designs may illustrate the shape you are researching. 


2. Pint glass with bulge: 

A. We have found that United States Patent D44616 illustrates a 'drinking glass' that appears to be a tumbler with a banded bulge. The patent was assigned to Hugo Pick of Chicago, Illinois. He applied for the patent on December 9, 1912 and the patent was granted on September 2, 1913. The patent is for "design for a Drinking-Glass". You can view an image of the original patent by searching the US Patent and Trademark office at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/srchnum.htm by entering D44616 and viewing the image that results. 

B. The Albert Pick & Company Book of Supplies for Restaurants Hotels and Institutions, Catalog No. E-30 contains an ad for a "No Nik-Safedge" Tumber, which appears to be the realization of the design patented by Hugo Pick. The glass was available in a 5oz, 6oz. 7oz. 8 oz, 10oz. 12oz. and 14oz sizes. 

C. We were unable to locate definitive information on the european counterpart. 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. 

AN