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This is a Bohemian art glass cruet. The glassmaker is Muhlhaus. The glass is rubena, or rubina, which is clear at the bottom and shades to a pale ruby or cranberry at the top. The date is the end of the 19th century, circa 1890.
The cruet is 5 ¾” high to the top of the rim and 7 7/8” high to the top of the stopper.
The ornate gold overlay is all hand painted and it trails up and down the sides of the cruet in the shape of scrolls and leaves with some tiny beading; some edges are touched with a orange enamel.
The stopper is original to the cruet. The same pattern goes around the stopper, of gold with orange on the edges. The stopper has a tiny knob at the top, which is NOT a pointed top that was ground down as the top of this knob shows traces of gold trim. The bottom of the stopper shows some tiny nicks. A wide band of gold trim around the base of the stopper is mostly worn away.
The handle is clear and applied by the glassmaker. There is gold trim on the handle, mostly worn, and gold trim around the rim of the cruet, mostly worn.
The pontil is round, indented and polished smooth.
There is a little bit of discoloration in the glass, in the interior at the bottom.
There are no chips or cracks.
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Bohemian Muhlhaus Rubena (Rubina) Art Glass Cruet with Ornate Gold Clear-to-Red Cranberry c 1890
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