We are very pleased to offer this Bride's Bowl of soft blue striped and ruffled art glass held aloft by a silver plate cupid with wings and quiver. The piece stands a full 12 inches tall including the bowl and the bowl is 9 inches across. There are no marks on the silver plate but there is a curious mark embossed on the bottom of the glass bowl that appears to be a girl or child wearing a bonnet who is pushing a cart of some type. Bride's bowls or baskets were extremely popular in the late 1800s – they were the "wedding gift of the time". They were often used in Victorian days to display luxurious cakes and fruit. According to Kovels, the metal holders for these gifts were made by silver plate manufacturers in the U.S. who purchased the bowls from glass companies in Europe and America. They were usually made one of a kind. It's unusual to find two pieces that clearly were made for each other. Both pieces are in amazing condition with only wear and tarnish to the silver plate and a very tiny chip in the bowl that does not detract. Can't you just imagine this piece in a Victorian parlor? The cupid is just great and makes this a wonderful conversation piece!
Item ID: 517