7 3/8” Length X 3” Diameter Rich golden-bronze marigold carnival glass in a 'crackled' pattern. Indentations on the side are to accept the set-screws on mounting brackets. Very good condition, some light wear appropriate to age. Small chip on one in area usually covered by a hanging bracket (close up in photo). One slightly lighter in hue than the other. Top edges and bottom tips are intact (often seen chipped or broken off in these vases). One modern bracket will be included (no set screw). The original brackets are lost to time.
The first car vase is said to have been in existence around 1895 according to a website that charts the American history of car vases. These vases were made of hand-blown glass and were intricate, beautiful objects. Originally the vases were screwed into one of the car’s hard internal surfaces (dashboard, A or B pillars) using a small bracket. A small sprig or single stem fresh flower was added with the intention of freshening up the aroma in the car. Cars of this period had no air-conditioning or sunroofs and there were no ‘magic trees’ or fluffy dice available to add an artificial aroma. So the original car flower vases were the first air fresheners for cars.
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