This is a pair of American purple or amethyst satin art glass barber bottles. The date is the 19th century, circa 1870. The glassmaker is unknown.
The bottles are 8” high and 4” wide at the belly.
There are no stoppers, which means the pair is used as bottle vases.
The belly is round. The neck is wavy or indented. The rim is round. The pontils are indented and show a snap-off with a few more snap-off abrasions, another indication of the region and date.
There is a cameo design on the front belly of each bottle and on the front of each neck. There is a rose on a stem with leaves and thorns. The cameo is one thin layer of glass raised above the rest of the bottle. The neck has a long stem with leaves. The cameo design, all hand done by the glassmaker, was covered in a brown-gold enamel or paint at one time, somewhat similar to the remnants seen on the rim of each bottle; 99% of the paint is gone due to age and wear, which is good as it shows the beauty of each carefully etched rose. There is a thin band of color at the bottom that also shows a lot of age wear.
The glass is extremely light, which helps to date it.
I want to point out that American cameo glass is scarce.
I had to take the photos in sunlight outside so that the purple glass would show in the photos, along with the cameo design. Because the cameo is only one thin layer above the rest of the glass, and it is dark glass, it is difficult to see in natural light.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks, only the snap-off abrasions to each pontil that I mentioned and the wear to all decorative paint.
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