Blackinton did some wonderful quality dresser items using Steuben glass and this jar using Verre De Soie is a lovely example. The sterling top has a great blending of Art Deco, the stripes, and Art Nouveau, the flowers, in it's design work. The base is done in one of my favorite art glasses. Verre De Soie is a transparent colorless glass with an iridized finish. With different angles and play of light you can usually see all the colors of a rainbow and it always makes me think of an opal gemstone. The body of the jar has a beautiful wheel cut form of a swag floral pattern within a lined frame. Although the glass is not signed the pattern work has been done by Hawkes as we have seen other pieces in this pattern with the signature.
The sterling is in excellent condition with no rips, cracks, holes, dents, deep scratches or abrasions. Both the pattern rim and the rolled edge rim are well rounded. The lid fits well and stays in most positions when the jar is lightly shaken. Depending on angle and light you can find some light surface scratches through the stripe pattern. The pattern definition is excellent with the stripes being all even in appearance and the floral work in the center being well defined. The un-patterned center area was for presentation and has never been engraved. The flower border around the exterior rim has well defined accent lines in the con-caved areas and less accent lines in the con-vex top of the rim. This could be original to manufacture due to the curve in the die or due to old style abrasive cleaners.
The glass is in excellent plus condition with no cracks, nicks, chips, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. The top has it's original beveled rim and the base it's polished pontil. If you hunt hard enough you might find a pin point sized flea bite, I finally did. The only thing I could find to report are a few areas of dark streaks in the glass that run along the top side rim that are hidden when the lid is on. I can only assume it is a bit of ash that is sometimes found in blown glass. The wheel cut floral pattern is wonderfully done with even depth and no tool drag marks. But you expect nothing less from Hawkes.
The marks are located just above the rolled rim of the lid as seen in the photo. As stated before, the glass is not signed by either Steuben or Hawkes but this was a normal practice at this time as Blackinton was the wholesale company for the jar. The jar measures almost 2 1/2" tall X 4 3/4" at widest point of the glass base. A super piece for a Steuben or Verre De Soie collection and an even better piece for that woman who likes a bit more tailored style in her decor.
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