The Glenda pattern, by Libbey is a complex and highly desired design. It’s similar to their Ellsmere pattern, but with more going on and more varied cutting. This compote’s shape is quite unusual, with a petticoat base cut in the pattern. The compote is signed with the Libbey sabre trademark rather than the later (and often lesser quality) Libbey in a circle.
The most noticeable portion of the Glenda pattern occurs at the edge – a spread fan of notching topped on either side with hobnail. These notches are separated by deep wide miter. Each one of these fanned portions run into a vesica containing a deep hobstar with a cross perched on top. Other vesicas include a clear button hobstar and checked cutting and sandwich triangular fields of crosshatching. The base is cut with the same notching and hobnail finishes while the neck is fluted and notched.
The piece is well done and I cannot find any damage save for a couple of fleabites in the cutting. It measures 7 1/2″ tall and 7 1/4″ wide. This shape has always been popular and is quite unusual – not to mention a piece of this size cut this heavily. This exact piece sold in 2013 on eBay for a staggering $1130! This is offered at nearly half that price!
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