This is an English amberina art glass pitcher dating to the 19th century, circa 1885. The maker is Joseph Locke.
The pitcher is 9 3/8” high and 5 ¼” wide.
The glass is pale amber at the bottom and flows into a darker cranberry or ruby red color. The handle is also pale amber.
The pitcher has lobes that spiral to the right. The ridges of the lobes can also be felt on the inside of the pitcher.
The handle is applied. There are two stress cracks in the glass emanating from the bottom of the handle that I show in a close-up photo. It appears that the cracks were there from the beginning and are part of the glassmaking process; knowledgeable glass collectors will look at the photo and will understand what I am saying.
The rim is round and has the remnants of gold trim. The gold is worn due to age.
The front is hand painted in thick gold enamel, a design of a branch with leaves, perhaps oak leaves or maple leaves. The leaves are surrounded with tiny leaves and stems painted in flat gold paint.
There are some glass bubbles and glass making irregularities, which only go to confirm the age of the pitcher. There are no other cracks, chips or nicks.
The pontil is round, indented and polished smooth, with a little bit of roughness at one side.
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