This lovely sugar and creamer set is made of pressed glass rimmed with silver toned metal.
Pressed glass, also known as Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), was manufactured from approximately 1850 to around 1910. Made in cast iron molds, this was less expensive to produce than blown glass, and was marketed as an economic alternative to hand-cut crystal, which was the rage at the time. (Thanks to Collector's Weekly for the background information)
The pattern on this set is that of a star or sunburst look; it's quite geometric using rows of triangular and harlequin (diamond) shapes in many places. The harlequin areas remind me slightly of my mom's Americana Fostoria glassware that she used for family gatherings at the holidays and for special events such as graduations, bridal showers and wedding receptions.
4.5" from outer edge of handle to opposite outer edge of handle
2 and 3/4" across the bottom
3.5" to top of spout
3.5" across, from outer edge of handle to side of creamer
2.25" across the bottom
Not sure of metal content, it has the patina of burnished pewter, although we have seen sterling darken like this, as well. We do not find a metal identification stamp or mark on it. We did find some other early glass pieces with metal on them, and it was described as Pot Metal.
No cracks or chips. We have not attempted to polish these pieces. There is a "drip line" under the rim of the sugar bowl: we've included images for you to inspect. Pricing lower, accordingly.
Price is for the pair.
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