Antique American hand blown glass candlestick assembled from about 15 separate pieces of glass and dating from the 1840 to 1880 period, hence the mid to late 1800s date range. This is a large candlestick that stands about 12 inches tall and sits on a 8 1/4 diameter domed base with rough snapped pontil. The stick is decorated with five crimped edge disks or appliques, three applied lily pad like motifs that have also been pincered with leaf designs on each extension and a folded rim and folded foot (see all photos). Each large baluster segment is hollow while the disks and joining knops are solid. Consequently, this is a one-of-a-kind piece of hand blown glass probably produced in New Jersey, New York, Pittsburgh or New England at a time when stylish pressed and cut glass candlesticks were fashionable among the more affluent classes.
The glass is flint glass, the segments moderately thin in comparison to pressed glass of the period and the entire candlestick weighs just under 1 1/2 lbs. Striations are evident on both the rim section of the candle cup as well as on the large domed based (see photos). There is a single flaw in the making where a crack developed at the top of the lower baluster segment and the glass blower applied several thin threads of glass to mend the fracture before closing the segment and adding a crimped edge disk at the top of the segment and then applying a larger knop in order to add the candle cup segment. From the best I can tell, the fracture would have only loosened just a small slice at the top of the bottom baluster segment and not affected the overall integrity of the candlestick. Three or four fine threads of glass were applied to the inside of the hollow baluster segment to seal the crack and allow the glass blower to complete his work.
The last photo shows the candle stick for sale here flanks on either side by 20th century glass candlesticks. The pair of 20th century glass candlesticks are for comparison only and are not for sale here, you are only purchasing the candlestick shown in the center that has the crimped and decorative applied details. It is a wonderful example of hand blown and tooled American glass from the 1800s that belongs in a museum due to its size and workmanship. If any viewer knows the name of the firm or glass blower that may have produced it, do kindly drop me an email - thanks, Doc. And for those who are collectors of antique American glass or glass investors looking for a worthy addition to their holdings, then do make sure you seriously consider this unique candlestick while it is still available. Of course, this large candlestick also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This glass candlestick stands about 12 inches tall and sits on a 8 1/4 diameter domed base with outwardly folded foot. The candle cup also has folded and fire polished rim that has a rim opening of about 1 1/2 inches. Consequently, this candlestick would have required large diameter candles like those used in churches or some public buildings in the 1800s. The candlestick weighs just under 1 1/2 lbs empty and its large size is perfect for displaying on a table, piano, bureau, side table mantle or counter and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: This candlestick is in very good condition with from the best I can tell no post-production damage or chips and just one flaw as noted above in the main listing and repeated again here. There is a crack that developed at the top of the lower baluster segment apparently during the making of the stick. Furthermore, it seems that the glass blower applied several thin threads of glass to mend the fracture before closing the segment and adding a crimped edge disk at the top of the segment. As a result, the fracture has been mended and the glass is stable and strong. A pencil points to the crack in the glass in the second to last photo and one can also see the thin strands of glass added by the blower to mend the fracture before the glass blower completed his work. Wear is limited to the underside of the base and glass has no stains or major scratches. And as always, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return the candlestick for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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