This beautiful 19th Century wheel cut jug or pitcher has been cased with `Bristol blue' coloured glass, over clear glass, [ work otherwise known as overlay work ], and is strikingly aesthetic, and is also a very good example of this kind of overlay/cased work. It's the shape of the pitcher's body, the style of wheel cut patterns, along with the amount of wear on the star cut base that leads me to these conclusions.
Dimensions. 8.25" high. x 6.5" overall width including handle.
Weight. 2lb 7ozs.
Condition. This pitcher Is excellent for its age. Just one very minor, tiny chip on top of its curved facet cut edge. It is not easily seen because it is concealed by the facet cutting. This tiny spot of damage does not detract at all from the jugs display, and can only be seen upon a very close inspection of the place where it occurs.
Observations and notes. The lead glass used has very good clarity. However, a few tiny air bubbles, randomly distributed, can be observed suspended in the glass body along with a couple of tiny spots of burnt metal impurity. There are fine wavy creases in the cased blue glass on the body just under the overhanging lip of the jug. Also, actually on the underside of the lip itself there appears to be a series of tiny, tiny bubbles trapped in the layer of thin cased blue glass.
There is also a less common occurrence to be observed around the area of the body where the bottom handle contact has been made to stick to the body. It is that of a sort of `mist cloud' which occurs around this lower handle connection and is in the surface of the cased blue colour. Only by holding the jug to the light, at a certain angle can one see this mist cloud, but also, and only in this cloud, one can observe the `rainbow' effect created from light reflection. This occurrence does not concern me. In fact I find it very interesting. I've not noticed this effect before and wonder if it has been caused by high heat being applied to the area of the jugs body when the clear glass handle was applied, which was after the blue casing.
Most of these imperfections are in my opinion not considered to be a detriment to this items worth. In fact I find their occurrence a benefit to helping me positively access its worth, rather than negatively. In the main I am pleased to observe these imperfections being present. They are not easily seen, but knowing they're present, they seem to me to be of a comforting nature. They are all indicative in some way. Each different impurity relates to the specific way in which the maker has made the object, from beginning to end and exposes his glass making techniques, and therefore the genuineness of the piece.
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