This is an American art glass celery vase. The glass is Amberina. The glassmaker is from the New England region. The date is circa 1880.
The vase is 7 ½” high and 5” wide at the mouth.
The color of the glass is amber at the bottom and it shades to cranberry red.
There are two patterns in the glass, which is quite unusual. The patterns are evenly spaced. There are vertical lobes or ridges in two places on the glass. The indentations of the ridges are slightly pronounced on the exterior and more visibly pronounced on the interior. Between the ridges the glass is diamond quilted, slanting from the right-to-left looking at it from the bottom-to-top. There is a circle of glass differentiating the body from the neck. The edge of the mouth is round and smooth. The mouth is folded down in four places, and from above, it looks like a flower petal.
There is a history of American celery vases if you are not a collector and are unaware of the history. It is how the wealthier Americans ate during the 1800s up through the early 1900s. Celery was a luxury food, used as a side dish or eaten between meals. The celery leaves were left on, and the stalks were placed in a glass vase with water. Over time the glass industry produced beautiful glass celery vases, either entirely hand blown, pressed or cut, and of slightly different heights and widths. Occasionally a collector can find a celery vase in porcelain imported into the country, but mostly the vases were glass produced by American glassmakers.
There are a few tiny pinprick nicks on the rim of the mouth that I could not get to show in photos. There are air bubbles. There are no chips or cracks or other nicks.
The pontil is small, round, indented and highly polished, with no trace of a pontil scar. The patterns are on the bottom also.
American New England Amberina Art Glass Celery Vase 7 ½” TWO Patterns Vertical Lobes AND Slanted Diamond Quilted Amber-to-Cranberry Red c 1880
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