This cruet is the 1892 U.S. Glass Co. Prism Column pattern. It is made of heavy pressed glass. The cruet was blown in a mold an has a pontil mark on the bottom. The pattern was made in an extended table service. The cruet is 6.25" tall with a 3.75" base. The stopper with the cruet is the original one.
The pattern features columns of vertical slashes alternating with prism grooves. The grooves end in a point rather than a flue and the curve in at the top and the bottom. There is a diamond pattern ring around the neck of the cruet. The pattern amplifies the sparkle.
The pontil mark on the bottom is a little rough and there is an internal flaw on the bottom near the pontil. A pontil mark is left on the bottom where a glass rod is inserted during the manufacturing process. Some are ground smooth at the factory; however, this one was not. There is some slight roughness around the rim where the stopper has been moved in and out of the cruet. This is not unexpected in EAPG cruets. There is also bottom wear which is totally expected with older pieces such as this one. The stopper is not ground smooth, but this is not visible when the stopper is in the cruet. The only other flaw is a sliver chip on the bottom of one of the columns with the bars. But, this is near the bottom and is not a distraction.
Overall, this piece is in good condition for its age. Other than the sliver chip, there are no chips or cracks. The glass is still clear with no cloudiness or color change. It displays beautifully and is a functional piece of glassware. The cruet has been black light tested and fluoresces green under the UV.
SOURCE: Mollie Helen McCain FIELD GUIDE TO PATTERN GLASS, page 416-417, Plate 202
Item ID: PW721
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