This cut glass box has beautiful pattern work thru out as well as being very large. I took a photo of the octagon lid's exterior and it's interior as the pattern work always seems to show wonderful detail from looking into that interior smooth face (photo # 5). The center is comprised of 4 fans with each fan leading to a 20 point hobstar. Between those fans are 4 elongated somewhat triangle shapes with cut side edges. Within the triangles are 3 patterns starting with delicate cross hatching, then cross cutting and ending with a fan at the lid's outer edge. The bottom of the box is again an octagon but with un-even alternating sides. The four elongated sides have 2 swirl like bases to their patterns (photo #7 & 8 ). The top, larger swirl, contains a large sideways fan. The bottom, smaller swirl, contains 2 rayed stars. The four small sides have two different alternating patterns (photo #6 ). One contains a single cross cut X pattern with a fan placed below. The other contains a step cut then a triangle with cross cut edges and cross hatching in it's center and ending with a small fan. The bottom of the box is done in un-patterned glass.
The glass is in excellent plus condition. It has no cracks, chips, abrasions, nasty scratches or repairs. Of course the circular bottom base of the box has some surface scratching from movement across a table/vanity, but it is much less then expected. I have ran my fingers over the entire box as well as tilting it for best angle of eye inspection. I found some bites/nicks and a few rough spots. You can find a few 1/32" or smaller bites and two slightly smaller then 1/16" nicks. One nick is on the downwards slope of the lid's side rim and the other on an edge rim of one of the sideways fans. The rough spots are on the lid's outer edge rim located at a few of the angle change pointed ends for the octagon lid shape. These are all so very minor and are not visible unless you do that intense inspection that we do for our listings. When tapped the glass has that bell like ring tone as well as the extra weight found in leaded glass of the brilliant cut glass period of 1876-1917. If my bathroom scale can be believed the box weighs 7 pounds and I do actually have to use two hands to move it!
The metal rims on both the top and bottom of the box have a lovely classic Victorian pattern. It is of alternating single flowers and swirling leaves. The rims are silver plated and the plate appears to be in super condition. It could be cleaned more if the new owner wishes, but we do not recommend doing so. That tarnish, called patina, in the recessed areas of the pattern enables the pattern to show well. The metal is intact with no cracks, rips or missing pieces. The hinge and finger flange for raising the lid are the originals with no repairs noted.
The box lid measures approx 7 3/4" from a rim point to rim point and 7 1/4" from a flat rim to flat rim. The bottom of the box measures approx. 9" from a small side to small side and 8" from a swirl side to swirl side. The box measures approx. 4 3/4" tall thru it's tallest point (center of box). There are no hallmarks on the glass as is normal. But C. F. Monroe cut glass boxes can often times be recognized from their metal bands and their shapes. Our Octagon lid is an often used shape by many companies. But our metal band and glass bottom shape are definitely C. F. Monroe.
Monroe opened his doors in approx. 1880 and sold imported glass ware. By approx. 1882 Monroe had evolved into a glass decorating studio but did not produce his own glass. He began by purchasing Opal Ware items (an opaque white glass) from European and American companies. Wave Crest was his most popular and recognizable product, so much so that some believe the company to be called Wave Crest. It was also the original product in his decorating line. Later the company added Kelva and Nakara (both similar to Wave Crest) as well as five other forms of glass ware, four being decorated glass. Cut glass was the fifth form and was started in approx. 1903. The company closed it's doors in 1916 and Mr. Monroe passed away in 1919
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