Here is a gorgeous set of eight Thistle No. 10 etched clear sherbets by Central Glass Works. Thistle is a detailed deep plate etch of curved leaves and arching blossoms of the thistle plant. The design winds around the paneled optic bowl of each low cocktail glass.
Central Glass Works and Tiffin were sister companies under US Glass and both marketed this pattern. Their designs are virtually identical.
This etch is Thistle No. 10 on No. 528 sherbets. Each stemmed cocktail measures 3-3/8 inches tall and 3-3/8 inches in diameter.
This pattern was made by Central Glass Works and Tiffin from 1908 to the 1920s. There is no mark.
According to Central Glass Works by Tim Schmidt, President and Mrs. Harding used Thistle as their everyday crystal in the White House in 1920. These would be unique and lovely for toasting the bride and groom at a vintage wedding.
Normally I avoid glass with any damage, but the historical significance of these gorgeous sherbets demands an exception. Each has a tiny, shallow nick or two along the edge. The largest of these is 5mm long right along the top edge. A qualified glass grinder could easily buff them out. The glasses still ring like fine crystal when "pinged" and will display beautifully.
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