This lovely piece of glass was sold to us as an inkwell, but we believe it was originally made as a vase. At some point in its life, possibly even early on, a good quality lid was added to allow it to be used as an inkwell. The vase itself was hand blown and cut at the top. This cut and polished top can be seen around the lid, as the lid doesn’t fit all the way to the glass edge.

We believe the glass was made in the Bohemian region in the early 1900s, possibly by the Kralik glass company which created a few different lines using overshot glass. The overshot method involves rolling or adding glass fragments to the semi-molten glass, and then heating again with flame to smooth any sharp edges. This piece is especially nice as it has a ribbed pattern of alternating overshot and smooth glass. The glass has that wonderful iridescence that many of the Bohemian glass houses gave their pieces during the early 20th century. The color is peach-amber; the iridescence brings out pinks, purples and greens.

The lid is a nice quality silver lid. Since it isn’t marked, we believe it is silver plate. It has a pretty cast decoration on top and a hinge with a stop built in so the lid doesn’t flop back when opened all the way. It is hollow; there is something inside which rattles when shaken. We have no insert for this.

SIZE: Height to the top of the vase is about 3 1/4 inches and to the top of the inkwell lid is 4 inches. Diameter at the widest part is about 4 1/4 inches. Diameter at the base is just under 2 inches, and at the top is about 2 1/4 inches.

CONDITION: The glass is in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks or scratches. The lid is also in very good condition, with no dents or cracks. The lid is plastered to the vase.


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Bohemian Art Glass Vase Converted to Inkwell, Ribbed Overshot Glass


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