A gin glass

Contributed by Antiques Roadshow - Tatton

A penny gin glass bought at an antiques fair. This glass dates from the 1700s when there was concern at the levels of drunkeness among the working classes, most famously depicted in Hogarth's 'Gin Lane'. Gin was one of the most popular drinks at the time and one of the controls attempted by the government was the Gin Act of 1736, which many producers avoided by simply renaming their spirits.

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