This is easily the most impressive set I’ve ever offered for sale. It is cut in Libbey’s Windsor pattern – a design likely conceived by William C. Anderson. All pieces are signed Libbey and of the highest quality. There is one, two-part punch bowl along with eight matching cups.
Six, huge 34-point hobstars are set in the outer portion of the bowl. Each of these is filled with a richly cut, clear-button hobstar. These hobstars flows seamlessly on the same two miters into a tightly cut triangular field of cane. In between each of the large hobstars are two stacked, clear button hobstars surrounded by crosshatching. The last portion of crosshatchign runs up into a tightly-pinched point. The effect immediately draws one’s eye to each point. What is perhaps most impressive about this punch bowl is the plug fitting. Rather than finishing it with the typical hobstar, Libbey went the extra mile and cut it with a cluster of seven deeply cut, clear-button hobstars. The base repeats the pattern perfectly and has a collar featuring flat hobstars and split fields of crosshatching.
The punch cups are a work of art in themselves – somehow capturing the entire pattern on a 3″ wide piece. They nailed the central hobstar cluster along with the larger, clear-button hobstars seperated by the two other clear button stars. It’s unreal.
Punch sets of this size are hard to find to start with, but ones done in patterns of this caliber seldom show up. This is a true cut glass rarity and deserves the attention of the advanced collector. It’s in perfect condition and measures 14″ wide and 13″ tall. The blank is of the highest quality and unparalleled and the cutting is hard to beat as well. The cups are 3 3/8″ wide and 1 7/8″ tall.
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