This is the only handled Libbey Roman punch cup I’ve evern seen. It is even signed with the Libbey saber mark.
This piece is heavy and wood wheel polished-and early example to be certain. Deep miters frame a deeply cut hobstar perched atop a framed field of crosshatching. Each hobstar is framed on either side by notching. There are four bands of a criss-crossed crosshatching. On either side of these bars is surrounded on both sides by deep tusk cutting (supposedly one of the most difficult motifs of the period). The base is finished in a hobstar with a rayed center. The handle is particularly well cut – triple notched with additional notching around the thumb rest.
The cup is in perfect condition and measures 4″ from the edge to the handle, 2 5/8″ without the handle, and 2 1/4″ tall.
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