This is a 19th century American Mount Washington peach blow art glass vase. The date is circa 1885.
The shape of the vase is a round foot, a lower round belly, a long cylindrical neck and a flared mouth. The height is about 5 ½" and the bottom is about 3".
The glass is an opaque pink through the neck and shades to a lighter color, tinged with blue, at the belly. If you peer inside the vase while holding it, you can't see through the glass of the neck, but you can see your fingers through the glass of the belly. There is only one layer of glass. The tinge of blue is the signature of peach blow, and it is faint on this vase, however it is there, and more pronounced if the glass is held next to a block of blue color.
The outside of the vase has a matte finish. The inside of the vase is glossy.
The hand painted decoration is professionally painted. Mount Washington produced most of their peach blow undecorated, however they did decorate some, and it makes it difficult to tell in later years if the decoration was done within the company or outside of the company. I have no way of telling.
The painting is done with actual paint versus raised enamel, and in shades of brown, similar to the designs of Thomas Webb. There is a band of a morning glory type of flower around the lower neck. On the bottom and the neck are painted song birds in exquisite detail; the birds are perched on branches that have small blossoms. On the neck are painted the silhouette of birds in flight in the distance.
There was a gold trim on the rim and foot that is mostly worn away due to age.
The pontil is round, indented and polished smooth.
The bottom shows some age wear. There are no nicks, chips or cracks.
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