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Cruet Set Beaded Swirl with Lens Geo Duncan1890s
Geo. Duncan and Sons produced the Beaded Swirl or Swirled Column pattern in 1890. U.S. Glass Co. continued producing the pattern as its Line 355 after 1891. Luna and Jenks, authors of Early American Pattern Glass indicate there are no known reproductions of the pattern. There is a variation of this pattern which does not have the lens (thumbprint like design on the bottom). According to one of my EAPG subscription sites, the experts believe this is just a variation of the Duncan pattern although the maker is listed as unknown.
The cruets are about 7 inches tall with the stopper. The stopper is faceted. There is a pontil on the bottom. The pontils are a little rough, but are not chipped. There are two lines on the sides of each cruet which may be mold lines. There are a few air bubbles, a result of the manufacturing process. There are also some bubbles in the stoppers and the stoppers are not smooth on the bottom. You can see a stress line in one of the cruets. There is bottom wear as would be expected. There is also wear around the stopper area. The glass is still clear and there has been no color change.
Overall the set is in very good 1890s condition. Wear to the cruets is age appropriate. There are no chips or cracks.
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G. Jean Chastain, Cape Coral, FL
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