- Mid-1950s whiskey/rocks glasses, designed for exclusive airport membership lounges
- Super-utilitarian, multi-faceted glass; heavy bottom is balanced and sturdy in the hand
- Versatile for cocktails with ice, including Old-Fashioneds and Manhattans on the rocks
- Toughened through a tempering process to withstand the rigors of a professional bar
- Specs: 3 1/4-inches (T); 3-inches (B); 3 1/2-inches (H); Capacity: 10 1/2 ounces
The Insider Guide to First Class Sipping.
For many years Pan American World Airways provided exclusive airport membership lounges around the world known as The Clipper Club. At first membership was by invitation-only, based on a potential customer’s international travel. In later years membership was opened up to the public for a $1,000 fee. The Clipper Clubs offered customers comfortable seating and drink service away from the boarding gates. Everything about Clipper Class was designed to make frequent flying business travelers feel special, and in the 1950s specially-designed whiskey/rocks glasses were introduced in the clubs.
The Clipper Club glasses capture the spirit of the times with textured, channel-cut faceted lines to show off the color of whiskeys, neat or on-the-rocks, or for that matter, stirred, chilled, spirituous cocktails served “down.” At just over 10 ounces it’s a touch more versatile than the single rocks glass, since it can fit more. The heavy-bottom feels balanced and good in the hand, and the wide mouth allows all those wonderful whiskey and Angostura aromas to waft up to your nostrils. The set is sure to lend an air of sophistication to your next cocktail hour. Offered in a gift box, for keeping or giving.