"Goofus Glass" from the Edwardian Era was popular at the early part of the 20th century, still imitating some of the opulence of the victorian Age. This vintage fruit bowl measures 9-3/4" x 3", large enough to hold some oranges, apples or grapes for the table. Different kinds of flowers surrounded by a gilt background are characteristic of this kind of glass. The originally clear pressed glass bowl was cold painted (not fired) on the intaglio underside so that when seen from the top side, it gave a rich, three dimensional look. Inexpensive to make, Goofus Glass was often given for prizes at fairs and carnivals during the early part of the 20th century, so was really the first "Carnival Glass". Because the paint was not fired in a kiln, the color was not protected, so most pieces we see today have much wear, missing paint and gilding, allowing the clear glass to show through. Long stemmed roses are the predominant feature on this bowl. It is in surprisingly good condition, has no chips or cracks, and its paint loss is minimal (it is, after all, over 100 years old). This showy piece sparkles in the light, and is really quite pretty despite its goofy name. Thank you for visiting.