This example is a fantasy cranberry glass cruet with white decoration in silhouette typically identified by sellers as a 'Mary Gregory' design. Decorated with gold bands at the top and on the stopper, the cruet has a clear glass applied handle and the stopper was ground for a tight fit.
While American-made Mary Gregory style glass has been produced by various companies continually for over one hundred years, this cruet is not an American product, nor is this item antique in age (100 years old or more). Instead, it is modern decorated glass. The white enamel design of a young girl with mountain and trees in the background seen on this cruet is actually a known Czechoslovakian design. This is not a 'rare' item, having been commissioned and imported in great numbers by the American-based reproduction wholesale company that sold these and other similarly decorated glassware items throughout the 1970's and well into the 1980's.
So-called 'Mary Gregory' glass is glassware decorated with white enamel painting that portrays quaint Victorian-style children engaged in childhood activities familiar for that era. When people began to seriously collect American antiques early in the 20th century, this style of painted glass was named after a decorator at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. While a Mary Gregory did work at the company, research later revealed she was not the painter of the decorations that eventually came to bear her name. Even so, the name stuck and the Mary Gregory myth continues today.
Measures 6 3/4 inches in height.
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