Started in 1880 by Thomas G. Hawkes, the T. G. Hawkes & Co. was making glass for the White House by 1886. In 1889, two of their cut glass patterns won the Grand Prize in the Paris Exposition. This coveted prize not only brought prestige to Hawkes, but for the first time American glass gained a firm place on the international scene. By the 20th century, American cut glass was world renowned, recognized for its superiority and advanced glass-making methods, with Hawkes' Cut Glass Company providing some of the finest and most inspired pieces of the period.
Beautifully etched with a floral garland motif, this exceptional glass cruet by T. G. Hawkes & Co. is perfect for holding one's preferred condiment. The bottle is conveniently labeled “Catsup,” the delicious sauce we now know as ketchup. The floral etching and dome or mushroom shaped stopper completes this captivating design. I have seen this exact shape labeled oil or vinegar, but never catsup; circa 1916. The cruet measures 7 1/2" in height and 3 1/4" across the base. piece. The base is acid marked with the company logo which is a trefoil form enclosing a hawk in each of the two bottom lobes with a fleur-de-lis in the center with the word "Hawkes" underneath. In addition it is marked "Patented - June 20, 1916 - No 1188172". There are no cracks, chips, interior residue or repairs; near mint; perhaps never used.