Originally from Massachusetts before moving to California in 1982, I was fortunate to have handled many fine examples of Mount Washington Glass Works. This is a piece that has been in my own collection for many years. It is a very beautiful Mount Washington Cracker Jar with the original silver-plate cover and handled holder. The satin glass shades from pale pink at the bottom to deep rose at the top and has an overall hand painted raised enamel floral motif. It is circa 1880 and the base is signed Rockford Silver Co. Mount Washington had several silver-plate companies produce metal holders for their glassware. This piece was commissioned to the Rockford Co. It is a stunning example of the Victorian era. The satin glass jar is 6 inches tall without the holder and 5 inches wide. In the metal holder it measures an impressive 9 inches to the top of the cover and 10 inches at the widest point of the handles. The enamel decoration is perfect and there are a few very tiny shallow flakes to the exterior of the rim from the cover being removed on and off over the years and not visible with the cover on. This is very minor and I only mention it for accuracy, it does not deter in any way from the piece and is normal wear for an antique well over 100 years old. The silver-plate holder is excellent showing only minor wear to the silver-plate from age. Overall, this wonderful example of Mount Washington is as close to mint as you can find. I have enjoyed this piece for many years and I am sure you will find it a treasured addition to your home.
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