This is a nice early 1900's example of a "Mary Gregory" Barber Bottle. It was originally found with the matching cobalt stopper.
Mary Gregory worked for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., with her sister, well into the late 1880's. Mary Gregory glass often consists of children painted in enameled silhouette, usually in Victorian style that is similar to the Art of Kate Greenaway in Britain. The "Children at Play" were dressed in "Sunday Best Victorian Clothes" and shown to be playing tennis, flying kites, blowing bubbles, or other forms of playing while surrounded by various types of foliage, such as grass or ferns. These "Children at Play" figures are typically found on colored glass of large varieties. The worth of each piece is affected by the color of glass, which seems to be the darker the glass, the more valuable the piece. Next to purple, cobalt blue is perhaps the most desirable color for Barber Bottle Collectors according to Digger's Bottle Basics.
The beautiful Bottle measures 8-1/2" tall and 9-3/4" tall with the stopper. The Bottle displays a girl, with a tennis racquet, waiting for her turn to swing at the ball.
The Barber Bottle is in good condition and is without chips, cracks, or other damage with typical top rim scratches from use and gold wear.
Mary Gregory Glass is highly collectible and this nice example will make a fine addition for your collection.
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