No one seems to know the maker of this late 1800s pressed milk glass lid for a turtle covered dish but it's listed in at least two glass books and is considered rare. The lid will fit a rectangular container base or dish. It measures just under 5-1/4 inches long by 2-3/4" wide and is about 2-1/2 inches high. The excellent detail of the turtle finial on top is hard to see in my photos, but you can clearly make out the slightly bulging eyes, mouth, and upturned snout. The legs have defined toes and the tail has defined scales. Below the turtle platform is a ring of beading and molded shell type flower motifs. The corners are beveled with embossed ribs running from the beading to the edge.
The lid has typical slight mold line roughness around the edge, it's very minor. There are no fleabites, chips, hairlines, or cracks. When held to the light, the milk glass is semi-transparent and has a lovely opalescence. The yellow stain on the bottom edge has been wiped off since the photos were taken. The original dish bottom is about 7-1/2 inches long and has extended tab handles at the sides. The turtle lid will work with the plainer rectangular base like that shown in my lion covered dish listed elsewhere in my shop, though it's not a tight fit. Somewhere out there is a collector with the base dish who is wondering where on earth they'll find the lid.
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