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It's surprises me quite how small some of these square plinths can be - when you consider the diameter of circular feet of comparable age - but it would be a bit OTT to have a thick square base too wide in view of the weight that would come with them.
Just that it looks odd to see some rummers etc. with square feet that appear disproportionately small - perhaps the theory was that if you had a thick heavy square foot it wouldn't fall over?? Unfortunately, feet with corners and arises tend to suffer.
Agree with m's request regarding a picture of the base.
Perhaps port and sherry glasses - once they had become popular drinks in the C18 - were of a similar bowl size, but not really sure. I get the impression that C19 tavern glasses for port were of a larger bowl capacity than this one.
Port appears to have been a drink that entered British custom only in the early C18 after political matters and royal interference had created a bias against the French wines and claret in particular.
At that time U.K. import duty on French booze was vastly greater than on Portuguese, apparently, and so we consumed shed loads of port which gave rise to all the jokes about gout.
According to Geoffrey Wills there was no particular size or shape of glass for port in the early C18 - you appropriated whatever glass you preferred - bowl size may have become smaller with the passing of time.
Ref. 'English And Irish Glass' - Geoffrey Wills - 1968 .............. very useful and very readable book.