This beautiful knife rest is signed with the word J. Hoare. They cut this blank in this prism pattern adn Monarch. Apparently these came in a few varieties of air-traps. Some just have the tears in both ends, some are solid, and some (like this one) have a fully extended air bubble from each end. It probably took a very skilled blower to achieve such a controlled specimen.
The knife rest is covered in two types of prism – one featuring parallel lines and one with deeper, scooped portions. The shaft of the piece is beveled and notched also. These signed, known to be American knife rests are highly collectible and rare! It is even more seldom to see the Hoare ones.
This piece is quite large and I’ve photographed it next to a quarter for size comparison purposes. It measures 5 7/8″ long and 2″ high. The glass is exceptionally clear and heavy – a true beauty to add to your collection. I have three of these with the other two in rougher condition.
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