Thomas Hawkes established his factory in Corning, New York, in 1880. By the end of the century, his company was renowned for the finest in cut glass production with many beautiful patterns to his credit. In 1903 Hawkes introduced a line of engraved glassware called “Gravic”. It consisted of naturalistic designs, stone-wheel engraved, and usually left in a matte finish. Some elements, particularly leaves, were often cut and polished.
This gorgeous "Gravic" cream & sugar set, circa 1906, is the "Strawberry" pattern. The body of each piece is decorated on both sides with an engraved strawberry, cut leaves and etched grasses. The bases have a wonderful hobstar motif and the handles are delicately notched on either side. The sugar bowl measures 4" across the top, 6 1/2" from handle-to-handle and 2 5/8" in height. The cream pitcher measures 5 1/2" from spout-to-handle and 2 1/2" in height. Each piece is acid marked, below the handle, with the company logo which is a trefoil form enclosing a hawk in each of the two bottom lobes, a fleur-de-lis in the center and the word "Hawkes" underneath. There are no cracks, repairs; one tooth is chipped on the sugar bowl (see photo). The set is priced accordingly.
"Hawkes Gravic" Cut Glass "Strawberry" Pattern Creamer & Sugar Set
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