Antique hand blown goblet with ground and polished pontil, wheel engraved fruiting vine motif and a baluster knop stem from the 1820 to 1840 period, hence the c1830 mid-date (see all eight Photos). It is in excellent condition and is composed of common soda glass. In some countries, such as England and Ireland this size drinking glass is called a rummer rather than a goblet because it was more commonly used to consume rum and water according to local sources. The glass offered here stands about 6 inches tall and displays a pattern engraved by hand using a copper wheel and sand. The pattern is continuous and shows a vine trailing around the glass with two large tri-lobed leaves set between clusters of hanging fruit, probably grapes. And this fruiting vine pattern has a long tradition on English table glass with examples being traced back to at least the 1750s on wine glasses and decanters. But because this goblet is not made of flint glass, England and Ireland are ruled out as their source.
Soda glass table and bar ware, also called nonflint glass was produced by American as well western European glass factories. American glass decorators from the 1770s to 1850s engraved a small proportion of table glass with some of it being made of soda glass rather than flint glass. For photos of early examples of engraved glass from America and Continental Europe, the viewer is advised to look at Arlene Palmer’s ‘Glass in Early America’ published by the Winterthur Museum in 1993 where fruiting vine and other wheel engraved decorations are illustrated (see page 98, #47; page 111, #64; page 116, #71; page 155, #113; page 273, #245, etc. etc.). The wheel engraved glassware in Palmer include soda glass from Pittsburgh and Maryland as well as Bohemia (Germany). The fact that the goblet listed here is not flint glass helps rule out England and Ireland as possible sources.
Copper wheel engraving of glass involved using a stream of wet sand poured through a thin funnel to give a narrow, focused flow. The glass engraver uses a spinning copper disk to grind and etch the glass, hence the term copper wheel engraved as opposed to diamond wheel engraved. The flat edge of the spinning copper disk was used together with the wet sand to grind patterns into the surface of the glass. The soft flat vertical outer edge of the spinning copper wheel captures sand grains to grind into the glass. Copper wheels of differing widths were used to engrave the goblet listed here. A wide edged wheel was used to engrave the broad leaves, whereas the finer work was engraved with a narrow edged wheel that was only about 1/32 to 1/16 inches wide. And as a few of the Photos help illustrate, the engraved motifs are sometimes seen more clearly when photographed from a viewpoint of looking out through the wall of the goblet (compare Photos #2 and #8 with #1).
This goblet is made from four separate pieces of hand blown or hand tooled glass: a low conical foot or base, a glass disk (merese) used to join the base to the stem, a bluster stem and the bowl. This goblet weighs about 3/4 lbs empty (about 0.34 kg). Evidence of hand workmanship is evident on the bowl and base in the form of rilling, and which are striations caused by working the glass by hand. The rim of the bowl displays a band of rilling about 5/8 inches wide ringing the mouth of the goblet. The rilling represents working the semi-pliable hot glass to create the rim and then to fire polish its top edge to from a rounded lip. The last Photo captures these striations which appear as waviness in the glass along the rim and continuing for about 5/8 inches below it.
The very bottom of the bowl also shows rilling from shaping and forming the rounded bottom of the bowl by hand. Finally, the foot has striations and rilling, too, since it was also formed and worked by hand. If the buyer purchases another Doc's Antiques item along with this goblet, there is no increase in the shipping and insurance cost as long as both items are shipped together to same US mainland address. And as always, this wheel engraved goblet 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: The goblet stands about 6 inches tall and measures about 3 3/8 inches across at the rim. This glass stands on a low conical foot that has a diameter of 3 1/4 inches. The glass is clean and has wheel engraved decoration that is visible and displays well. Consequently, this rummer will display well on a shelf, mantle, side table, broad window sill, counter or home bar and will certainly capture interest and conversation in most any setting.
CONDITION: This rummer or goblet has no chips, cracks, star cracks, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The glass also exhibits no haziness, cloudiness or staining (see all Photos). A better example of this style of engraved rummer or goblet would be hard to find today without paying a steep premium. And of course, if the buyer is not 100% pleased, then she/he may return their purchase for a refund (see our complete refund policy noted below).
SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $9.80 for well packed and insured USPS Priority Mail (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $3 since insurance and tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). No handling or packing fees are ever charged. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. We only use the USPS for International shipping to reduce broker fees and some Custom’s charges when an item is over 100 years old. Also, we always encourage the International buyer to select an International shipping option that also provides insurance against loss or damage, and ask the International customer to send us their address for an email quote covering all insured International shipping options to your location. To date, we have shipped fragile items to 29 countries around the globe and have not had any items lost or broken, however this fact does not guarantee that no postal mishandling will ever occur in the future. Also, please note that International import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.
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