This bowl is cut in what is quickly becoming one of my favorite patterns – Pitkin and Brooks’ Mayflower. Every piece I find in this pattern is on the best quality blank, with the most meticulous cutting and polishing. While this may seem like hyperbole, it is anything but. It’s consistently one of the highest quality and most beautiful patterns every produced.
The very center of the pattern starts with what is an unusual, flat hobstar. It’s almost framed in an extra miter which is a technique I can’t remember ever seeing. It is surrounded on all four sides by tight russian cutting. The russian cutting is dived by bars of notching. The center design somehow leads into vesicas which feature eight tiny little hobstars. It incredible how they were able to achieve such small detail. These are topped with canne cutting and framed on either side by crosshatching. In the valleys in between each vesica, there is a hobstar – but not just any hobstar – this hobstar has an interior hobstar that has 5-miters per points. Look through your own collection and see how often you see that. It’s no mystery why this pattern was significantly more expensive that anything else in the Pitkin & Brooks reference material.
The low bowl measures 7 1/8″ wide and 1 3/4″ tall. While it’s in great condition, it has had a professional repair to the rim. The glass around the large hobstars has been trimmed and lowered. Almost all of the points of each hobstar fit within the teeth – the repair is extremely well done. I have adjusted the price accordingly, but it’s still a tremendously impressive piece of cut glass. The blank and cutting are of the best clarity and technical mastery, respectively.
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