This is a ruby red art glass jug or pitcher. The glass maker is Hodgetts, Richardson & Son. The date is the 19th century, circa 1870 to 1880.
The red glass is ruby in some light, and a more pale red like cranberry in other light.
You can view two examples of this jug, engraved on clear glass, in the book by Mervyn Gulliver "Victorian Decorative Glass British Designs 1850 – 1914", on pages 244 and 245. The author dates the jugs in his book to the year 1877 and the possible engraver is named Keller.
The jug is 8 ¼" high to the top of the applied clear glass handle and 4 ½" wide at the bottom.
The body is engraved (etched) with a pattern of wild roses and leaves. The body is not engraved under the handle, which indicates that the handle was applied before the engraving was performed. At the top of the body are engraved thin bands. Around the neck are applied white machine threading. The rim is round with a slightly downward spout. The pontil is round, indented and polished smooth.
The flaws in the glass are mostly due to the glass making process. One, there are bubbles in the glass near the spout that can be seen in one photo and look like rain drops. Two, where the handle is applied to the jug at the top and bottom, the edges are rough where glass chipped off during the application process, and a larger dink on the bottom that took a bit out of the body too; I show everything in a photo with yellow arrows. Three, inside the mouth there are a few areas of roughness that can be felt with the finger tips and seen as pinprick nicks with a magnifying glass; the camera could not photo the tiny roughness. Four, the bottom shows a lot of wear with scratches and one tiny nick, shown in a photo. Five, the handle has a splash on one side, probably acid, perhaps done during the engraving, and I show it in a photo outlined in yellow.
There is a number etched into the bottom, covered with a lot of scratches. I can't make it out but I do show a close-photo of it.
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