EARLY AMERICAN PATTERN GLASS (EAPG)
Hobbs, Brockunier & Company began production of the crystal figural LITTLE SAMUEL aka INFANT SAMUEL epergne ca.1877.
This is the base of the epergne, without the vase that anchors to the center epergne socket. Little Samuel is kneeling, many say in prayer, with one hand over his heart and the other holding a book.
The bowl of the epergne could be used as a compote. The bowl portion is made in the TREE OF LIFE pattern by Portland Glass Co. and has "DAVIS" intertwined in the Tree of Life foliage. William O. Davis designed the pattern and patented it in 1876 for the Portland Glass Co.
It measures 11" high to the ogee rim and is 8" in rim diameter. The inner circle of the socket holder has minor chipping. With the exception of the socket's inner rim, there are no chips, cracks, or repairs.
Quality control as we know it today did not exist in 100+ year-old antique glassware which usually exhibits some of the following: shear lines (straw marks), mold lines, bubbles, embedded ash or impurities, rough mold seams, & manufacturing variations. These irregularities are generally not considered flaws and often times help authenticate the date of
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