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American Brilliant Cut Glass Bottle – unsigned J. Hoare
This is a gorgeous and very elegant sauce or toilet water bottle. A picture of it (or a similar piece) can be seen on page 62 of Martha Louise Swan’s “American Cut & Engraved Glass,” where she identifies this as a bottle shown in J. Hoare’s 1910 catalog. It is cut in the “Prism” pattern; the body is cut in notched vertical prisms, while the long slender neck is cut in a honeycomb pattern. This cut creates wonderful reflections. The base is cut in a star or rayed pattern. The stopper is a faceted (or lapidary cut) ball. A tiny identifying mark was etched into the bottom of the stopper; this same mark was etched on the side of the rim. The cutting is precise; the polishing is beautiful.
This comes from the estate of Phil’s mom, who was a passionate collector of American Brilliant cut glass and other fine art glass.
SIZE: This bottle measures about 8 1/4” tall. Diameter at the base is 3 1/4”.
CONDITION: The condition is very good, considering its 100+ years of age. There is a small flake chip on one edge of the base (at the bottom rather than side). We see a couple of tiny nicks here and there – maybe three or four. There is a little bit of interior clouding in a few spots towards the bottom, indicating that liquid was kept in this bottle at some point. This is not obvious unless one looks closely with the light just right. Overall, this is a beautiful bottle that will display very well.
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