|This is an incredible water set likely made by J. Hoare. The blank is Hoare blank and the cutting on the handle is a motif Hoare used exclusively in addition to the swirl pattern. The set comes with an enormous pitcher and 6 matching tumblers. It’s an old set and therefore unsigned. The blanks are of the highest quality – extremely clear and vibrant. Matching sets of this size are rare, but ones of this quality are close to unheard of.
The Pitcher features a swirled pattern. One band in the swirl is the deepest cut cane I’ve seen. It protrudes so far because of the depth of the intersecting miter. The other major motif is another type of chair-bottom with crosshatched pillars. These two main motifs are separated on either side by two bands of notching sandwiching a large, clear scallop. The contrast of brilliant and clear cutting is absolutely stunning. The top of the pattern is finished with fans and the base of the pitcher is covered with a giant hobstar! The handle of the pitcher is completely cut in a manner that J. Hoare saved for their top of the line pieces and has gorgeous step cutting beneath it – something that is normally left plain on more ordinary pieces.
The condition of the set is shockingly perfect. There are no chips to any of the pieces. There are two polished areas at the rim on either side of the handle – I think this was a factory buffing job and does not take away from the shape of the piece, but rather creates a slight bevel. The rims and bases on all of the glasses are perfect and original. The pitcher is enormous and measures over 9 1/2″ tall and 5″ wide. The tumblers are approximately 4″ tall and 3″ wide. Sets like this seldom come by – do not miss this rare opportunity to own one of the most impressive.