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Once belonging to my late husbands Grandmother, this Light Blue Hen On A Nest Salt Cellar is from sometime in the mid 1940s and was from a set of 6, with this one being the lone survivor. Later when it was passed on to his mother, she used it to place her rings in when doing dishes or baking in the kitchen, and it sat on the windowsill. (which is why I am also referring to it as a trinket dish.)
Measuring at the nest opening (rim to rim) 2 2/8” long and 1 7/8” wide she sits 2 1/4”high. Her deep red comb and black eyes have been painted on.
Which brings me to the end of what I know about this sweet, tiny Hen on Nest. In researching I found out that these have been made since the late 1800s and there were more than 100 different manufacturers producing them around the time this was new. Over 250 design styles from all the manufacturers makes it hard to be able to attribute her to one identifiable factory. To begin with I could not find any just like her out there, and when identifying a glass pattern's maker “close” just isn't good enough.
Condition overall is good. It does have one very small 2mm chip in the rim as shown in my photographs above, and there are 3 nicks on the inside rim that can't be seen when she is sitting that are 1mm or less (I can't measure less than a millimeter, but my finger tells me they are there.) Also, I see she can stand being washed as my high resolution photographs show some of the “grime of time” has collected around the edge of her nest and inside, which I could not see when I took her out of the box she has been in.
This would be perfect if you have a collection of small objects that you display (I am told miniatures are all the thing these days) Or as she was once used, she would be good to place your rings into on your dresser or in your Kitchen or Bath.
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Vintage Light Blue Hen On A Nest Salt Cellar or Trinket Dish