This listing is for an outstanding example of engraved glass. It is a tall elegant shaped vase. Circa 1880-1890. This masterfully hand-cut crystal vase from Stevens & Williams is a rare superior example of English crystal. Beautifully engraved with a floral and foliage design consistent with their fondness for finding inspiration in nature, this one-of-a-kind piece was the work of a master cutter. The base is marked with the number 956. It has an indented polished pontil.
Stevens & Williams was a glass company located in Stourbridge, England and established in 1776. One of their most notable engravers was Frederick Carder who worked at Stevens and Williams from 1881-1902. He was known for museum quality work. In 1903 he founded the Steuben Glass Works in Corning, New York. Stevens & Williams were suppliers of glass to the Royal Family of England.
Hand blown, hand cut, copper wheel engraved, hand polished.
One of the most misunderstood aspects of glass is the difference between etched, cut, and engraved patterns. Simply put, etching is a process using acid to essentially bubble up the surface of the glass to make a pattern. The two main types are plate etching and needle etching. The primary difference between them is that engraving is a physical process and etching is a chemical process. An engraver uses sharp tools to cut lines directly into a surface. Engraving is a much more expensive process.
Measure 14" tall. The mouth is 4 3/4" wide. The widest part measures 5 1/3" wide. See my photo.
It is in excellent antique condition. This is something you will add to your collection as an exceptional example of high quality glass. Glass is clear. Any white in the photos is from my camera flash. Remember this is an antique item that was used. Please examine the photos very carefully to add to my description. Ask all needed questions before purchase.
PHOTOS DO NOT DO JUSTICE TO ITS BEAUTY.
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