Pomona glass was patented by Joseph Locke at the New England Glass Co. in 1885 in the "first grind" process and he developed the "second grind" process a year later in 1886 as a less expensive method of producing this popular glass.
The "first grind" etched background was achieved by hand cutting through an acid resist leaving an uneven feather-like frosted effect and the "second grind" process leaves the background of the glass with a smooth satin finish. The amber stained decoration was produced by using a metallic stain on the crystal that was not etched.
This lovely "second grind" pitcher has a rounded, textured body with a faint inverted thumbprint pattern with square top and applied reeded handle decorated with an amber metallic stain and polished pontil. The pitcher measures 8 1/2" in height, 7 1/2" from spout-to-handle and 3 3/4" across the base. There are no chips, cracks or repairs; there is loss to the stained area and some wear to the frosted body.
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