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Scottish Antiques Inc - Web Site

Scottish Antiques Inc are based in Scotland, the home of the Jacobites, and supply a wide range of unusual and rare 18th and 19th century drinking glass around the world from Balusters and Balustroids to Air Twists and Opaque Twists. Now trading in their 2nd generation, a family team are here to provide the complete international service with customers from Tasmania to Canada.

My name’s Alex Smillie, I was 50 last month, and I’ve been collecting glass since around 2001. I remember back then reading on the internet a description of a glass where it described the ‘pontil’ as being snapped. Not knowing anything about glass, I automatically assumed that the glass was damaged in some way…after all, why say something was snapped unless it wasn’t damaged. It obviously didn’t make sense and I quickly moved on and left the damaged glass alone.

The reason I was looking at glasses was that my Mother had decided to catalogue and potentially sell some of the antiques that my Father, who died in 1987, had left her and which had been in storage since that time. He had been an antique dealer for many years in Edinburgh and since his death his collections and stock had been in storage in the loft. He had a passion for restoring antique furniture and I remember growing up and watching him for hours, scraping here, cleaning there and the endless polishing of a surface that already looked clean to me. At the age of 16, I was more interested in the dawn of computer science than antiques, but my Fathers absolute passion for something that he loved, his dedication and the endless hours he would exchange for a gleaming restored table surface had obviously ‘rubbed off’ on me (excuse the pun) and it is this same passion that hopefully I can offer you in my glass.

My knowledge over the last 10 years has obviously moved on, and still is. This is down not just to my own hard work, but also the people I have met over the years and continue to meet. Their passion for a good glass, preferably filled with a good wine, has been much appreciated.

I look forward to sharing with you some ‘good glass’ and if you have any questions then feel free to contact me at

Our new web site goes live during December 2011 which will be focusing primarily on 18th and early 19th cen glass. You can register for our new monthly newsletter and shortly in the new year, join us on Facebook.

Our new web site address is

Kind regards from Scotland


December 5th 2011