c1820 Button Stem Gilded Small Wine Glass with rough snapped Pontil

Antique hand blown small wine glass or cordial with button stem and rough snapped pontil from about 1820 (in excellent condition, see all photos). This glass holds just one fluid ounce and dates to the period when the temperance movement seems to have affected the size of stem ware in the United States during the early to mid 19th century (see the seventh and eight photos for other small wine glasses, none of these other glasses are for sale here). The knop form on this glass is also sometimes called bladed and the stem style is sometimes referred to as a double capstan. The bowl shape is called a round or round funnel bowl. But what makes this antique example far less common today is that the bowl displays painted decoration added by hand using gold enamel.

The painted pattern in gold enamel consists of a stylized version of the fruiting vine motif that was also popular on copper wheel engraved flint (lead glass) and soda (nonlead) glasses and decanters from the mid 1700s on through the mid 1800s. The fruit often consisted of grapes clusters still on the vine with twisting tendrils sprouting off and large leaves in between. The pattern painted on this glass is repeated three times and ends each time with a four petal flower in bloom. In addition, the lip, top side of the bladed knop and the outer portion of the base were decoration with a gold band. Today, one can see most all of this gilded work using reflected light up close under a bright lamp even though about 10 to 15% has worn off over the centuries (see second photo, etc.).

Only the button stem wine glass shown in the first six photos (and in the very last photo) is for sale here and none of the other wine glasses shown in any photos are for sale at this time. Hand blown wine glasses with rough snapped pontil scars and rounded funnel bowls on button stems generally date from the 1800 to 1840 period although this particular example seems to be from about 1820 (or more accurately stated as the 1810 to 1830 period). It displays all the proper attributes and flaws associated with hand blown stem ware. The small bowl exhibits fine striations in the glass caused by forming and shaping it by hand using tools. These striation are more pronounced along the upper-most section of bowl where the lip was worked and fire polished for about 1/4 inch vertically in order to remove any sharp edges after it was sheared.

This wine glass is probably American rather than English or Continental European in manufacture. It has a few tiny bubbles, a small push-up under the base that was created by contact rather than by hand tooling (as found on older conical bases) and several minor production flaws (shearing scar on lip, etc.). it may be a product from a glass factory in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland or New England (see McKearin and McKearin 1941:Plates 43). In addition, there is a small shearing scar and bump along the top edge of its rim (see last photo with pencil pointing to shearing scar) that occurred when excess glass was cut off, and its stem leans about 3 degrees off true vertical slightly to one side (this is not noticeable unless the glass is oriented with this flaw in opposition; see again all photos). Also, the rough pontil scar on the bottom of the foot removed several larger flakes from the underside of the foot when the pontil was physically removed by snapping and cracking it off.

Finally, this wine glass was made from joining together three separate pieces of glass: bowl, stem and foot. The bowl and upper stem were formed individually and then joined together by pushing the stem into the bowl thereby creating a small bump on the inside bottom of the bowl. The foot was created separately and then attached to the stem with a small rounded merese or patch of glass. All three pieces had to be attached and joined while the glass was still pliable. The end result is that this small wine glass has rills, striations and flow marks from being blown and tolled by hand. And although the fruiting vine motif occurs on wheel engraved glass from the mid 1700s to the mid 1800s and beyond, examples with the motif painted in gold are far less common on either lead glass (flint glass) or nonlead glass. Finally, this small wine glass also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it post marked by 10 days for a refund (see my return policy below for full details). You are only purchasing the gold decorated small wine glass shown by itself in the first six photos none of the other glasses shown are for sale here).

SIZE: This wine glass stands just about 3 3/4 inches tall and has a rim diameter that measures nearly 1 3/4 inches. It has a shallow conical foot with a thick outer edge that measures 1 9/16 inches across. This small wine glass is perfect for displaying on a shelf, along side a three ring decanter or in a cabinet with other 200 year old antique glassware and ceramics and will certainly capture attention in any setting.

CONDITION: This small wine glass is in excellent condition and does not have any chips, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. There is some wear on the foot as expected and the applied gold decoration is about 75% intact with some loss from cleaning and use over the past 190+ years (the gilding actually appears about 90% intact in reflected light, see all photos). Finally, this wine glass also has several minor hand production flaws that occurred during its initial forming and finishing (as noted above). These include a small shearing bump along its rim that happened when excess glass was cut off of the lip (see last photo which has a pencil pointing to the small bump on the lip edge), and its stem leans just slightly to one side that is not noticeable unless the glass is oriented with this flaw in opposition and then the glass leans about 3 degrees off true vertical (see again all photos). If the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this wine glass undamaged for a refund (see our complete refund policy as noted below).

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