EARLY AMERICAN PATTERN GLASS (EAPG)
This lovely cake stand, referred to as a salver during its time period, was placed into production ca. 1885 by Ripley and Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon Ripley joining the U.S. Glass combine, the pattern is later seen in U.S. Glass Company ca. 1891 catalogs.
It stands approximately 6 1/2 in. high and is 9 1/2 in. in diameter. It is clear and has a lovely leaf and berry wheel cutting decorating the plate. There are usage marks on the plate but I was unable to get them to show in a photo. There are no chips, cracks or repairs .
Quality control as we know it today did not exist in 100+ year-old glassware which usually exhibits some of the following: sheer 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 production.
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