This ice pail was cut by the masters at J. Hoare in an earlier, unidentified pattern. It has been seen on several Hoare blanks with the old, Hoare style hobstar on the bottom/center. It is completely wood wheel polished to mirror like perfection. The silver is marked “STERLING” on one side and “C.W. Schumanns & Sons” on the opposing. The handle sits on two hinges and can be moved up or down and will hold any position.
The pattern consists of a teardrop shaped hobstar with 16 points. Every space around the hobstar is filled in with tiny crosshatching – both a touch of quality and difficulty for the cutter. Two tusks sit perched above each hobstar. Tusks were one of the most difficult motifs of all to cut and show off the clarity of the glass like icicles in the glass. It’s a stunning technique and effect. The base of the pail is finished with a 24-point hobstar.
Both the glass and silver is in pristine condition – I find absolutely nothing wrong with either. The piece measures 7″ wide and 8 1/2″ to the top of the handle. Silver mounted cut glass is easily one of the most in demand forms of cut glass. This is a most excellent example with not only a unique shape, but also a charming pattern.
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