c1900 Lead Crystal Hand Engraved US Eagle Baluster Wine Glass

Elegantly engraved early 1900s (or older) flint glass inverted baluster American eagle wine glass with US Patriotic theme. This listing is for one remaining eagle glass (all my other eagle glasses have been sold). This wine glass was assembled from three separate hand made pieces and then engraved by hand with thirteen stars and an American eagle grasping an olive branch and three arrows. The engraving is very detailed and the glass is hand cut using a diamond (or Corundum) wheel following the older tradition of copper wheel engraving. The eagle alone required about 250 controlled cuts to create its feathers, wings, legs and breast. Another 60 individual strokes were expended to cut and form the thirteen stars, olive branch and arrows. The eagle's inverted winged stance is similar to one used on several US coins from the 1800s (e.g., a reverse of the: US silver Trade Dollar Eagle 1873-1885; US silver Twenty Cent piece 1875-78, etc.). And when surrounded by thirteen stars, the American patriotic symbolism is complete.

As noted above, this American eagle was engraved by hand and is not the product of machine-programed software. There are minor differences between the eagle engravings on the three original glasses from the set that are a byproduct of the artisan's use of hand cutting. The glass fluoresces bluish-white under shortwave UV light and therefore is composed of leaded glass (aka flint glass). The glass also holds a ring much like a bell when gently tapped with a pen. The knopped stem, also known as an inverted baluster has a large elongated air bubble running down its center. The stem is hand formed with the aid of a two-part tool and there are fine striations visible up close on the large knop. Very fine turning striations are also visible in reflected light on the foot and on the bowl.

Unlike many post-1880 hand blown wine glasses, the rim on this glass is finished the older way by fire polishing and was not cut and polished. Finally and as noted, this wine glass is made from three separate pieces with the bowl attached to the top of the stem and the stem attached to the foot. There is Y-shaped scar in the middle of the bottom of the foot created by the tool (sometimes called a `gadget') that was used to attach the foot and hold the glass while the rim was being fire polished. This type of basal mark appears on hand made wine glasses from the 1880s to 1920s. And so the glass listed here dates from the early 20th century or possibly the late 1800s. And as always, this wine glass also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or return it for a refund (see return policy below for full details, certain shipping costs & fees are nonrefundable).

SIZE: This wine glass is about 5 7/16 inches tall and has a rim diameter that measures about 2 3/4 inches. The base or foot on this glass measures about 2 1/2 inches tall and is gently cone-shaped following the more traditional bases of wine glass from much earlier times. This stemmed glass is the perfect size for displaying on a shelf, along a mantle, in among a private bar collection or in a hutch or china cabinet.

CONDITION: This glass is in perfect condition with no chips, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. Wear is limited to the outer edge of the foot and a better example of an American eagle engraved wine glass would be hard to find today without paying twice as much as offered here.

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Item ID: RL435.a1137

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