This is an English solid white opaline vase. The maker is Thomas Webb. The date is circa 1875.
You can see your hand through the bottom of the vase when you hold it up and look down into the interior.
The vase is 6 ½” high and 6” wide at the lower belly.
The vase is hand enameled in raised gold stems and leaves, with a few enameled pink and lavender small flowers. Additional gold is brushed on around the body of the vase. The decoration is consistent with this time period.
The rim is round with a gold trim that is mostly gone due to age and handling. There is another line of gold trim around the foot that remains intact.
The outer glass has a satin matte finish. Webb was the primary English glassmaker for this type of glass. Because this is an old piece of glass, the satin finish has an almost dirty look to it, not bright white like the interior.
The bottom is smooth and slightly concave where the pontil is. During this time period Webb was noted for using a series of black enameled numbers on the bottom to identify the glass, gilder and such. Do note that where there is a number 7, the number is written in the French format with a slash through the vertical part of the number. The numbers read as 3 followed by 770f.5. followed by P370.
The inside of the vase has some staining at the bottom. There are no chips, nicks or cracks. The outer glass appears almost dirty to me, but I can’t scrub it too much for fear of removing the enameled decoration.
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