We are proud to offer this incredible pair of very early glass vases with tin brackets, designed to hold bouquets of flowers on the dashboard or upright panels of an early automobile -- or perhaps even more likely, a horse drawn vehicle, such as a coach or even a hearse.
We are leaning toward the theory that they are from a horsedrawn vehicle -- possibly a hearse -- since it seems clear they were intended to be mounted and viewed from the outside. Their plain, tall brackets would shield the bouquets while the vehicle was in motion (most of these vases have a simple band below the rim of the vase); the simplistic look was plain and subdued, rather than gaudy.
Each glass vase is approximately 10 inches long and weighs more than 1 pound; when in place in their brackets total length is approximately 12 inches -- they are huge, compared with the vast majority of these vases.
Aside from the fact that finding a pair together is extremely difficult, overall condition is excellent, and they display beautifully.
BRACKETS: 7 inches tall. Tin -- silvery shiny on the inside, original black paint on the outside backs. The paint has flecks and flakes from age. NO cracks, splits, dents or twists, NO weak or broken soldered joints and NO RUST or pitting. Each upper shield has a brass clip at the base, into which the vase stem slides. There are NO mounting holes - we are not sure how these were mounted on a vehicle. Perhaps they are "new old stock" and escaped being attached to a vehicle.
VASES: 9-1/2 inches tall (one is just slightly longer than the other). VERY heavy, 1/8 inch thick glass. Their flared tops are 3-3/4 inches in diameter, tapering gracefully to a six-sided, fluted stem ending in a 2-inch point of solid glass. The fluted bases were made in a 2-part mold; there are shallow surface nicks along the corner edges. Both glasses have wonderful swirls and some straw marks (mold imperfections) adding to character. There are shallow chips on the bottom points of both vases which can be turned to the back for display. The only easily noticeable damage is an unfortunate chip in the lip of one vase (SEE PHOTOS please).
One vase is clear glass; the other is "sun amethyst" - antique glass that began as clear but which over time and sun exposure has developed a pale lilac tint.
We purchased these vases at a country auction where the gentleman had accumulated all kinds of interesting things including a small collection of very nice auto vases. These are so intriguingly different, especially being a pair together, we could not leave them behind.
Item ID: 2009-0099
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