MT WASHINGTON SIGNED CROWN MILANO BISCUIT BARREL
This gorgeous Victorian art glass biscuit barrel was made by the Mount Washington Glass Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, circa 1880s-1890s. The company originated in Boston in 1837 as the New Bedford Glass Works. It was purchased by W.L. Libbey in 1870 and moved to New Bedford, when the company was renamed the Mount Washington Glass Works. In 1876 it was reorganized and renamed the Mount Washington Glass Company, which was its name until 1894, when it merged with the Pairpoint Mfg. Company, a renown maker of silver.
This signed Mt. Washington Crown Milano biscuit barrel is decorated with a light pink bordered top that's surrounded by high relief gold gilt rococo designs that go around the entire piece. The main body of the biscuit barrel is decorated with find floral scenes, with a highly detailed large bouquet on the front and back, and smaller ones on the sides of the piece.
Signed on the base with the purple Crown Milano signature and design # "CM 253" (see last photo). The silver plated lid is signed with the Pairpoint in a diamond mark, and numbered "4404". The silver plate is in excellent condition as is the rest of the piece, it's a stunning piece of 125 year old hand decorated art glass!
CONDITION: No chips, cracks, scratches, sickness or repairs. The lid is original and without dents, corrosion or other damage. It fits well on to the applied metal collar, which firmly adheres to the neck of the piece with what I believe is the original plaster of paris bonding. It is in excellent condition for a piece that is about 125 years old.
REFERENCE: This design was done with both light yellow, and light pink boarders around the top, and this decor is shown on several pieces in the book Mt. Washington Art Glass by Betty Sisk. See page 94, 95, 103, 107, and 125 for like designs. The Crown Milano biscuit barrel on the top of page 133 may be almost identical, but the photo quality is prohibitive in making that determination.
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American and European Art glass - Victorian, Art Nouveau and Contemporary