This is the longest and most spectacular set of Victorian glassware that I have ever had, it came from a local and very prestigious estate, and has been lovingly used for well over a century, I estimate it dates to around the later nineteen hundreds. The set is of hand blown and hand cut and gilt glass with the monogram "LBB", it is outstanding quality, a wonderful early long set by Moser, perhaps ordered on a honeymoon grand tour.
Even single old Moser pieces are beautiful, the quality is exceptional, with the work being done by a Master glass-maker who would had served a long apprenticeship to achieve the high levels of skill needed to do the work. This set is a massive and beautiful example of Moser's work, with deep wheel engraved designs that have then been over gilt to give a superb level of brilliance and ornamentation, the work is so ornate and fine it looks like golden lace.
The glass is in wonderful order for being over 100 years old, there are no significant chips that I could find, the majority of the pieces show at least some wear to the gilding, and on about about 35% of the pieces this is quite substantial, I have photographed examples of this for you to see, the most used pieces (the small water glasses) show the most wear, the champagne glasses show the least. Wear to the gold on these early pieces is entirely typical,even individual glasses rarely survive with the old gold intact, and I do not personally think this type of wear is a major issue, it does not suggest anything other than loving use, and as exceptionally rare as this service is I believe it is quite acceptable.
I have mainly photographed the service with flash so you can see all the details, but the second photo, and the ones showing the wear to the gilding are taken without for you to get a good ideas of the condition. The service comprises the following pieces:
Twelve 3 1/4" aperitif glasses; Ten 3 5/8" cordials; Eleven 4 3/4" sherry glasses; Fourteen 4 1/4" champagne glasses; Thirteen 6" wine glasses; Fourteen 4 1/4" diameter bowls; Thirteen 6" diameter plates; Fifteen small 4 1/4" water glasses.
Wonderful to have such a long set with all the sizes, if you wished to use the glass you have a service of eight items for ten people with spares in virtually every size. I think the bowls and plates were originally designed to sit together as the monogram is featured on the plates only, they were probably intended for finger bowls, but today you could use them for salads and desserts.
If you are an advanced glass collector, and have been looking for a really large, exquisite and comprehensive antique glass service this will be for you, it is a scarce commodity and almost impossible to find, I doubt I will ever get another as fabulous.
If you wish for further details or photographs please feel free to phone or email, and I will be happy to help you. The shipping is an estimate, this will need to be heavily double boxed, but I will ship at the actual cost of the postage and materials.
Item ID: 004007
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