Antique hand blown ewer or handled glass decanter from the mid 1800s with single hand applied neck ring, rough snapped pontil on base and a pedestal foot. A more refined age for this decanter places it in the 1830 to 1860 period, hence the c1845 mid-date. This shape is also called a footed flagon and was used to carry wine, cider and other beverages from cask or barrel to table. The hand blown stopper on this example is not original and although also antique is probably from the late 1800s. Excluding the married stopper, this glass ewer is hand made using five separate pieces of glass: (1) a pear shaped main body, (2) conical foot, (3) knopped stem joining body to foot, (4) applied neck ring, and (5) applied handle. The interior of the neck is ground to seat a glass stopper and the current example is a decent substitute. In fact, most users will not notice the slight variance in the fit of the stopper and so the replacement is acceptable.
This glass pitcher has a rough snapped pontil underneath its low conical foot. The foot itself has been hand tooled and displays rilling from being worked. The copper wheel engraved floral motif on this ewer is a classic design that was very popular in the last half of the 1700s and very early 1800s. The engraved motif is bilaterally symmetrical and continues for about 290 degrees around the belly of the vessel. The main portion of the motif is a tall flowering plant between scrolling branches that continue back along each side and end in three larger fern like leaves. The motif is reminiscent of some engravings attributed to John Frederick Amelung's glass factory (new Bremen, Maryland) in the last quarter of the eighteenth century (c1780s or 1790s; See Arlene Palmer's `Glass in Early America' published by the Winterthur Museum in 1993, pages 94 to 98) as well as Continental glass factories in the Netherlands, Germany, Bohemia (ibid: pages 92 and 93 for two wheel engraved German or Bohemian examples). The above referenced examples noted in Arlene Palmer treatise are colorless nonlead glass of various tints ranging from yellow, to light green to gray. The handled ewer for sale here is also made of a colorless nonlead glass with a slight yellowish to yellowish-gray hue known as common soda glass (see all photos; particularly the foot where the hue is strongest). And so this glass ewer is not composed of flint glass (lead glass crystal) but instead is made from refined common soda glass where most of the iron contaminants in the source materials have been removed.
The Pittsburgh area also produced some nice copper wheel engraved vessels in the early to mid 1800s. The age of the ewer listed here fits better with the early to mid nineteenth century whereas the engraved decoration on it seems older. Most pre 1830 handled pitchers, ewers, flagons and carafes would have had a trailing and crimped lower handle terminal rather than simple flattened rounded blob-like lower terminal as shown here (see Palmer 1993: pages 149 to 180 for many examples of crimped and curled trailing lower handle terminals). The upper terminal (upper handle attachment) is correct for an older handle form from the 1700s. Many post 1830 upper handle terminals, especially those on glass vessels produced in Bohemia after 1850 have similar flatten blob-like upper terminals as well.
No matter where this handled pitcher or ewer was produced some 155 to 185 years ago, its charm is in the hand blown craftsmanship and its wonderful, exuberant copper wheel engraved decoration that has spontaneity of design more typical of craftsmen living some 180 to 250 years ago than the period assigned here. The copper wheel and grit engraving technique applied to this ewer did not cut deeply into the glass as so is unlike the effect achieved by composition diamond wheel engraving of the past 130 years. Additionally, the glass engraver used three or four different wheel widths to achieve the perfect results where the fineness lines are cut with a wheel as narrow as a cat's whisker while the broadest cuts required a wheel measuring about 3/16 inches across. This type of time consuming glass engraving workmanship is seldom seen among the products offered today.
So if you collect hand blown pitchers, early American engraved glass or simply enjoy the diversity found in copper wheel engraved Continental glass of the early to mid 1800s, then do consider purchasing this handled pitcher while it is still available. It will delight the antique collector and will certainly capture attention and interest wherever it is displayed or carefully put to active use. And as always, this antique glass ewer also comes with my full satisfaction guarantee or return it via my return policy (see my full return policy father below for complete details).
SIZE: This glass ewer stands about 10 1/2 inches tall to the top of its handle (or a maximum 13 3/8 inches to the very tip of its stopper when seated in place). The ewer has a maximum belly diameter of about 4 3/4 inches and stands on a low conical foot with a diameter of 3 3/4 inches. The stopper measures 5 inches long, is hollow blown and tooled, and has been rough snapped terminus at its ground end..
CONDITION: This antique handled glass jug is in excellent condition and does not have any chips, breaks, star cracks, haziness, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The glass exhibits wear on the outer portion of its foot, as expected. The stopper is not original to this jug, as noted above, but is fairly compatible in both shape and fit. The very top of the stopper is broken and two narrow flakes run down about 1/2 inch from the tip. These are not readily noticeable and are shown in a close-up photo (see last Photo). There are no tiny opaque impurities or dark inclusions in the glass and the only bubbles are found in the hand tooled conical foot. Wear is evident as expected along the outer edge of the foot or base. The rim, pouring spout and foot have no chips or damage and the handle is fully intact and lacks a breaks. And as always, satisfaction is 100% guaranteed or you may send this glass ewer back for a refund (see my full refund policy noted below for complete terms).
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Docs Inv. RL705.a1776