This clear glass celery vase is in a form of "overshot" glass, made by rolling the hot glass in tiny glass pieces, then firing again to melt them into the surface, blowing the glass item to expand the surface, leaving a rough, veiny texture (the inspiration possibly for the pressed "tree of life" patterns).
Celery vases became popular (along with celery) during the Victorian era, and upright stalks were placed in vases like this on the table. It has an applied pedestal base, and the top is cut in a pattern of pointed scallops. Base is hollow, with the rim ground and polished. Nice bell tone. Although much was made at Sandwich, this is probably an English piece, but there is no way of knowing the manufacturer. Circa 1870-80.
Size: Approximately 10" tall, base diameter 4.625".
Condition: Excellent. Some roughness can be felt at points, but I think this is due to the nature of the surface where the scallops were cut.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, I would expect a return if I happen to miss anything.
Item ID: 1599
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