This gorgeous piece was made by J. Hoare – it is pictures in the Gorham archives with a different stopper, but with the glass labeled as Hoare.
The pattern is really nice. There are alternating fields of two main motifs. One motif is clear button cane. The other field features two portions of crosshatching on either side of a flat hobstar. This motif is framed on either side by notching. All of the cutting is separted by gorgeous clear vesicas/tusks. This motif was one of the most difficult to cut in the brilliant period and one that Hoare seemed to master early on. The neck and spout of thep iece are fluted and notched as well as the handle. The base is finished with a perfect rayed star. The silver stopper is monogramed with what I believe is “SMM.” It’s marked Sterling 639.
The decanter is in excellent condition and measures 6 1/2″ wide and 7 7/8″ tall. There is a very light, minor stain to the base of the decanter.
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