James W Tuft's No.3397 caster is completed with two very detailed Kate Greenway girls surrounding an antique cranberry glass caster/jar that's color naturally decreases ...to clear toward the bottom of the jar which is hand lacquered/painted with beautiful flowers and foliage. The jar is complete with its faint pontil marks (where it was cut from the glass blower's 'pipe') on the bottom ( seen in photo 5 ). The caster frame is 9 3/8 inches tall and 4 1/8 square at its widest, including the top bar made up of silvered metal balls 'linked' together. The silver plate is in good to very good original condition. The lid with its pineapple finale has the number 5 stamped inside and probably is 'not' original to the base although possibly offered together shortly after creation. It came to us with the base and the glass, is of very good quality and for its size, a nice weight, we suspect it may possibly be an alloy of silver by the way it polishes. There are a few very tiny specks (smaller than a 'flea-bite') on the lip area of the glass that one can see by rocking the glass or tilting ones head back and forth while looking at the edge ( we were unable to photograph them ). The glass is 4 3/8 inches tall with a 3 inch mouth opening.
The wonderful workmanship used to form the base to look like mosaic tile work in the homes of found the wealthy of the day is amazing and quite real looking; even feels real! The clothing worn by the Ms. Greenway's girls is very detailed, down to the grain of the fabrics ( different for skirt and bodice, etc. ) can easily be seen and felt; their clothing is shown to 'be moving' as 'the children did'. A trait that endeared his artwork in silver to Tufts followers, then and as it still does to today. ( P2465-0295 )
James Walker Tufts (1835 – 1902) the designer and producer of this beautiful piece was a well-known Victorian-Era silversmith, who, if history bears truth opened his business in Boston in 1875. He also founded the Arctic Soda Fountain Co. that eventually merged with several other companies to form the American Soda Fountain Co. He had apprenticed at age of 16 to a drug store and rose to become a wealthy business man, eventually after all the a fore mentioned accomplishments, he had the vision to build a "health resort for people of modest means" and with his own money initially purchasing 500 acres and later 5500 acres more to build Pinehurst, N.C. (you know this city, of the famous resort and golf courses) from the ground up! Much more than just a silversmith, I'd say.
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JAMES TUFT's No.3397 ~Greenway Girls' Silver Caster ~Rubina Enameled Glass Jar
$1,495 28% Off
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