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c1845 American Pressed Glass Pitcher in Diamond and Thumb Print pattern (rough snapped pontil, EAPG)
Antique American flint glass pitcher from the 1840s in an early pressed pattern (EAPG) with hand finished rim and applied handle with crimped lower terminal (see all Photos). The pattern is the diamond and thumb print pattern that was produced by several early glass factories in New England. The rim on this pitcher is fire polished and the hand is applied by hand with its lower terminal crimped in the fashion used by glass blowers in the 1700s and 1800s and before fully pressed molded glass handles became common after 1860. The foot on this pitcher is molded in a petal shape and has both concentric rings and the partial scar of a rough snapped pontil left behind from production. A glass tipped pontil rod was attached to the underside of the foot in order to heat the larger rim and create a smooth fire-polished edge. At the same time, the reheating of the glass also softened the pressed pattern on the exterior of the pitcher given it a fire-polished character, too.
This is an early example of pressed glass that dates from the 1840 to 1850 period (or possibly even a few years before 1840). It stands with a slight tilt or skew depending on viewpoint and as result of its early production (see second photo). Several factories produced this pattern including the New England Glass Company, the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company and others. Deming Jarves invented the process of pressing glass vessels using metal molds in the late 1820s. At first, the pressed glass items were restricted to flat glass dishes and glass knobs or handles with patterns from cut glass or lacy patterns designed to hide the flaws, dull surfaces or occasional folded wrinkles accidentally produced by the early molds. Subsequently by the late 1830s, larger and deeper hollowware vessels were produced although molded handles were a problem on vessels the size of this pitcher and larger until further methods were developed to force molten glass into small side channels to form handles. The last photo shows this early pitcher flanked by two ruby red stained wheel engraved wine glasses from the early to mid 1800s (Ruby Red wine glasses are not for sale here, you are only purchasing the press molded glass pitcher shown by itself in the first 8 photos).
The glass pitcher offered here is a hard to find early example of pressed glass when handles were applied by hand and the rim was fire-polished to remove mold lines. If any viewer knows exactly which factory may have produced the petal footed example listed here, kindly drop me a note - thanks, Doc. Otherwise if you are looking for a nice antique American early pressed glass pitcher, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this glass pitcher 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 pitcher stands about 6 5/8 inches tall and measures about 6 inches across at the rim (from outermost pouring rim edge across to outermost handle spine). It stands on a pressed molded foot that has six lobes or petals and measures about 3 1/8 inches across at its widest part. The pitcher weighs nearly 2 lbs empty and is made of flint glass and not soda glass. It is nice perfect size for displaying on a shelf, mantle, table or in a china cabinet or on counter top and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: This pitcher is in very good condition with no chips, no cracks or hairlines, no stains, no repairs and no restorations. Wear is restricted to the outer edge of the base, along the back of the handle and is not readily noticeable. The hand applied handle has two air bubbles in it that were captured during production and both can be seen in the fourth photo where a close-up of the crimped end of the handle is shown. And as always, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this glass pitcher for a refund (see our complete refund policy noted below).
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