This is most likely the rarest pattern Pitkin & Brooks ever produced and is therefore appropriately named – Elite. It is pictured on one catalog page out of a reprint. The Elite pattern is an incredible example combining the deep circle cutting of the Gloria design with the busy intricacies and motifs of the Duchess pattern.
Within each circle are spokes – they are either made up of a vesica with a hobstar and crosshatching on either side, or a diamond field of cane and crosshatching. Each spoke is divided on both sides by notching and fans. The center cluster of the bowl is a nice use of both hobstars and crosshatching. A vesica of Russian conjoins three corners and is flanked on both sides by notching, hobstars, crosshatching and cane. The edge of the bowl is particularly intricate with two horizontal clear tusks below a fane of Russian, cane and fans. The design is extremely complicated and well thought out.
This piece is in excellent condition with no damage. It measures 9″ wide and 2″ tall. This is a rarity from one of the most underrated cutters – P&B.
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