This bowl was made by Libbey – it goes through all 4 stages of the cutting process for their Sultana pattern. It’s likely this was used at exhibitions or by salesmen on the road during the height of the Brilliant Period.
The first stage is the blank – where just clear glass is shown. The second stage would be the rough cut where the skeleton of the design is laid out – you can even see some ink that was left on the glass to trace with the wheel – note that the teeth are square at this point. The next phase features fine cutting added to the initial rough cut and the last area has the finished piece-polished to mirror-like perfection.
Bowls like this are rare and a testament to another time in our country’s rich history. One where we didn’t have the internet to sell and explain things – where in-person, human interaction was the only option. Sample pieces like this are extremely rare and always desirable. The bowl measures 7″ wide and 1 3/4″ tall.
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