I’ve never seen this blank before, but it appears to be a deep ice cream tray. It’s signed Hoare and some of their finest work.
Hobnail converges in 4 points in the center of the tray. Above each one of these fields are large hobstars topped with Christmas-style hobstars. In between each of these large hobstars is a smaller hobstar surrounded by crosshatching or cane. The most striking motif on this piece is at either end of the tray. It’s essentially a cluster of double miter trellis, which I have only seen one other time. It’s also imperative to note that every clear portion you can see in the pattern is a rounded tusk – the hardest motif to cut. The tray is truly an impressive piece that the cutter took a great bit of care in.
The tray measures 12″ long, 7 1/2″ wide, 3 1/4″ tall and is in perfect condition. The blank is ultra water-white and a perfect piece to display that wonderful clear tusk work.
Shape: Ice Cream Tray/Bowl
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