We all know of J. Hoare Wedding Ring pattern. It’s easily one of the most desirable pattern’s of the Brilliant Period. The very similar Washington Pattern by J.D. Bergen. In fact, not only is it similar to Wedding Ring, but it’s also much more complex.
There are three main bands weaving throughout this bowl. One band is made up of 3 parallel bands of notching with a scallop between each set. Another band is made up of two long, horizontal streams of notching divided by a very long, clear scallop. The last band is made up of fine persian cutting. The bans are cushioned by a flat hobstar flanked on either side by bands of crosshatching. The center of the bowl features a 24-point hobstar.
The bowl is very heavy and measures 9″ wide and 4 1/4″ tall. It’s in perfect condition on a clear blank. This pattern is complex and beautiful – a far departure from most other ABP designs. To give you an idea of the difficulty it took to cut this pattern – this bowl, at the time of its production, cost a whopping $27.50.
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