This is a Bohemian Czech set of six green art glass pin trays (or open salts) in a jeweled brass stand. The age is the early 20th century, circa 1930s.
A similar set is shown in the book by Robert & Deborah Truitt titled "Collectible Bohemian Glass 1915 – 1945 Vol. II." The set is identified as a "Pin Trays in Filigree Holder" on page 78, in the section under Pressed Glass. The function of the set is to be used as part of a dresser set, to hold jewelry, earrings, hair pins and such. However, another function is for the table, for individual salts or condiments.
The glass trays are rectangular with six sides. The design on the bottom of each salt shows a seated bare breasted lady holding the hand of a winged cherub or putti. To the left of the lady is a pair of lovebirds. On the right is a winged insect hovering above a cluster of flowers.
The glass is a bright green. The tops are ground smooth, and each edge is slightly beveled or chamfered.
I could not feel any nicks in the glass. There are a few tiny air bubbles.
Each pin tray is about 2 3/8" long, 1 ¾" wide and ½" high.
The metal stand is about 5" high, 3/3/4" long and 1 1/4" wide. The trays fit into the rungs, three on each side.
The jewels are colored glass, made to imitate gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Thus the glass stones are red, green, or blue, and cut into different sizes and clarity. The glass stones are placed around the middle strip of the metal stand.
The stand shows a dark age patina on the metal, along with dust and dirt. The rungs are slightly crooked. The middle strip is bent inwards and outwards in a few places. The bottom stone on each side, one green and one red, show signs of having sustained damaged. The green stone was repaired by tightening the metal band around the damaged stone, meaning part of the glass is missing and there are chips in the remaining part of the glass. The red stone has chips and nicks on the glass. You can see the two glass stones in the last two photos.
On the inside bottom of the metal is stamped "Made in Czechoslovakia."
The glass trays are unsigned.
Item ID: RL-172
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