my large collection of vintage 40’s and 50’s Libbey Circus Lion Tamer glasses are 3 1/4″ high and 3″ in diameter, 5oz. I am smitten by these 1950’s Libbey Glass ‘Circus’ Hostess Sets with glasses in 4 sizes and matching bowls packaged in a Big Tent design box … I have the whole set and use them every day. They have to be hand-washed so the 22k gold rims and painted designs won’t fade.
Earlier this year I scored this 1952 tearsheet of an ad for the entire collection, featuring Betty Hutton holding a parasol, astride a plume-decorated prancing horse. She didn’t have to hold on or anything.
I have a couple of these glasses but not the whole set as you do here and certainly not in the fabulous box. All of which makes your set stunning. The Betty Hutton ad where she miraculously rides the horse as if her butt is glued onto the saddle makes it even better.
The only drag about these glasses and others of their era is that they, as you comment, can’t be washed in the dishwasher without ending up with no design in a few months. So I no longer use these kind of glasses as everyday glasses. The ones with gold paint are the worse. But this is a gorgeous set and well worth displaying or using if you like to get your hands wet.