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Early Engraved Blown / Molded Glass Lead Crystal Salt & Pepper Shakers with Sterling Silver Caps ! Ca. 1880.
Early Engraved Drooping Flowers & Vertical Stripped Background on a Set of Blown / Molded Glass Salt & Pepper Shakers ! Ca. 1880.
Glass Blown into a Mold shows uneven Thicknesses of glass in the side walls and bottoms. The Glass which gets Deeply Engraved must have a high Lead Content, such as crystal, to withstand the Copper Wheel Engraving process. The threads have tiny mold seams, and the tops were Fine-Cut & Finely Polished.
Deeply Engraved with shallow engraved Lines.Glass Glows Green under Black Light Test. (These are not etched glass shakers from the 1920's)
Original matching Dome shaped caps with different Hole pattern show smaller "Stars & Moon holes" on the Pepper Cap, and larger (+ & 0's)on the Salt Shaker cap.
The legible "Sterling" Silver marked cap is on the pepper shaker only ! ( Sterling Silver = .925 purity )
They Stand 3 1/4 inches from the base to the top of the caps. Base Widths are 1 3/4 inches across.
Weight is 5.4 ounces for the pair. Caps weigh 0.3 Ounces combined.
Condition : Glass is in Superb undamaged condition. Pepper looks like it has stained the glass, but could possibly be soaked in a better chemical cleaner or acid. Caps have normal bumps & bruises all around. See all Photos.