This bowl is cut particularly well in Pitkin & Brook’s Plymouth pattern. The Plymouth pattern, along with Duchess, Mayflower, Gloria and Elite were the best patterns they cut and it is painfully obvious when examining the old catalogs. This bowl, designated as “Fancy”, went for a whopping $45 in 1908. That would be roughly the equivalent of $1180 by today’s standards. This bowl was difficult to produce and required more skilled labor than most other pieces in the catalog.
A unique field of 14 tiny hobstars is a highlight of the Plymouth pattern. These are topped on both sides with cane cutting and surrounded on all sides by vesicas of crosshatching. Dividing each tiny hobstar portion of the pattern is a flat hobstar and a deeper hobstar topped with an unusual crosscut motif. One thing that amazes me is the detailed fan at the edge of the bowl. It combines russian, cane and fan cutting to provide a super boarder. Whenever I see Russian used like this, the piece is always very high quality.
The bowl stands a deep 4 1/2″ tall and a very wide 10″. It’s extremely heavy and cut on a vibrant, clear blank. It is free of any damage – a miracle for such an imposing piece. This bowl has presence – it is something to behold and will light up wherever it’s placed.
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