A decanter just like this one was in William C. Anderson’s personal home collection. It was said to be his favorite decanter. Both pieces are signed Libbey in a circle.
Pinch decanters like this are seldom seen in cut glass. This one features three leave clovers engraved on the pinched in portions. It is surrounded on all sides by feathering while vesicas of strawberry diamond cutting surround the engraved panels. Each of the three ends of the decanter are finished with deep nothing with fans o n either side. The neck of the decanter is fluted and notched and the stopper is finished with crosshatching and a hobstar.
The decanter is in perfect condition with not chips or staining it measures
This large bowl has an impressive amount of detail and cutting. It features several motifs from Libbey’s Grand Prize pattern, but I cannot be certain it was made by Libbey.
I don’t even know where to begin in describing this design. It is essentially a cross of deeply cut hobstars with expanding vesicas in between each spoke of the cross. The first ring of the vesica features a hobstar in a diamond shape field topped with hobnail. Somehow, the cutter placed very fine crosshatching in four adjacent vesicas. The rest of the bowl is wrapped in deeply cut cane. On top of the spokes of the central cross is additional hobnail and a large hobstar.
This bowl is oversized, measuring in at. It’s extremely heavy and clear.
This carafe was likely cut by one of three companies – with much reasoning behind each. Taylor Brother’s had a pattern very similar to this called Tayloria. Meriden cut many patterns like this, especially with flat-point hexad. Lastly, Straus cut a specific type of hobstar on the base of some of their stemware – all stemware in the design of this carafe have that star. You can see the stemware and star here. So while, it’s up in the air, what isn’t debatable is the quality of this meticulously cut piece!
The pattern consists of a beautiful cluster formation with crosshatched centers. Each cluster is surrounded by a notched prism and two large fields of hexad. The accuracy and depth with which the hexad cutting is achieved is incredible! It wows me every time I handle the stem. The second portion of the pattern features a cane vesica. The neck of this decanter is notched and has a crosshatched neck ring – also sometimes seen on Meriden carafes… The base of the carafe is finished with a hobstar that continues from the rest of the pattern.
The carafe is in perfect condition and measures
This beautiful example of cutting and engraving was done by the masters at HP Sinclaire & Co. It is signed on the base with their logo. Iced tea glasses, and handled glasses in general, are extremely difficult to find in Brilliant Period glass.
Engraved flowers and sprigs adorn two panels on the glass. It is then divided by crosshatching, notchign, and two large vertically stacked hobstars. The base is finished with a rayed star.
The mug is in perfect condition with no flaws and a perfectly annealed handle. It measures 4″ tall and 3 1/4″ wide.
I have only encountered a handful of pieces in Hawkes’ Albany design. Woody Auction sold a beautiful oval tray in this pattern in 2014 for $12,000. This piece is being offered at a mere fraction of that auction price.
The Albany pattern is one of the great weaving/braiding patterns in the same vein as Trellis and Lattice and Rosettes. A crossed cut square section of the design is framed on all sides by clear channels – which weave over one another. The design runs to the edge of the tray where it meets a notched border.
This rarity measures 10 3/4″ wide and 1″ tall. It’s on a stunning blank and signed in the center with the Hawkes trademark.
An unusual blank for Libbey, this signed ice cream tray is really impressive to behold. The unusual shape and manipulation of the Ellsmere design add to the appeal.
A flat hobstar is flanked on either side by two bands of triple-miter cane. This main portion of the pattern is encircled in what looks like partial circles-something I imagine wasn’t particularly easy to execute. Rising from this area is fine crosshatching met with deeply cut notched prism which creates the an extremely tasteful border. The center of the bowl has a complex 6-point hobstar formation.
The tray is in perfect condition and measures 12 1/2″ long and 7 1/2″ wide. It’s in perfect condition and on a perfectly clear blank.
This fantastic, heavy carafe was done by T.G. Hawkes in their beautiful Kensington design. It is signed on the base with the Hawkes trefoil trademark.
Kensington, one of Hawkes’ premier patterns displays wonderfully on this piece. Spokes unfold around the perimeter of the carafe housing richly cut hobstars and clear-button hobstars are tapering upward, divided by triple miter cutting. Sitting between each spoke is a richly cut hobstar flanked on either side with Kohinoor cutting. The edge of the design is decorated with even deeper, larger cut hobstars. The neck of this piece is a work of art, using a very specific Hawkes technique of alternating panels of flute and St. Louis diamond cutting. The base of the carafe is finished with a rayed star.
The carafe is in perfect condition and measures 8 1/4″ tall and 5 1/2″ wide. It’s on a thick, heavy, and particularly clear blank.
This seldom seen jack in the pulpit vase is an excellent example. The “pulpit” portion of the vase is particularly unique Undulating in and out with one end much higher than the opposing side.
The design is similar to P&B’s Plymouth, but different. A band of diamond fields alternates with strawberry diamond and crosshatched cutting. Extended vertically from that chain are deep miters running to a fanned base. The neck of the piece is notched and fluted and has a dividing portion of hollow diamond cutting.
This unusual piece measures 6 3/4″ tall and 3 1/2″ wide and is in perfect condition.
Rosella was Libbey’s most expensive design and one look at this tray and you’ll know why. It’s completely singular and features an unusual, William C. Anderson designed, combination of motifs cut with surgeon-like percision.
A chain of clear button hobstars runs along the edge of the bowl undulating on four loops. Each loops frames a large hobstar with fans on its left and right. A small clear button hobstar is housed in a triangle with three triangular crosshatched fields. The center of the plate has a 4 button hobstar formation around a deeper star.
This plate is on a stunning. clear blank and measures 11 3/4″ wide and 1 3/4″ tall. It’s in perfect condition. This is the only one of these plates I’ve ever seen and a true cut glass treasure.
This high quality piece was done by Mt. Washington glass. I love the form – a nappy with a folded, built-in handle. I have only seen these pieces cut by Mt.Washington, so I think it’s likely this is a Mt. Washington specific shape.
This design features an unusual hobstar formation. Each layer of the hobstar evolves into another motif – first starting with a central, flat hobstar, then fans, crosshatcthing and a hobstar sitting in the points. The rim is finished with fan cutting.
The piece is wood wheel polished to silky perfection and measures 5″ wide and 1 1/2″ tall. It’s in perfect condition.
This pitcher is cut by Blackmer in their intensely done Constellation design. It’s meticulously cut on a sparkling blank.
The main part of the design features deeply cut hobstars framed on all sides by crosshatching. Underneath all the hobstars is some cane cutting and large, 4-sided fans. The other portion of the pattern features a six hobstar cluster with additional crosshatching. The handle is quintuple notched and the base is finished in a deep 24-point hobstar.
The pitcher is in perfect condtion and measures just over 11 1/2″ tall and 6″ across the base. This piece is cut particularly well and precisely on a clear, heavy piece of glass.
I have never seen another handled nappy in this always desirable design by Meriden.
The first thing one notices when examining a piece of Alhambra is the unusual dental rim. Often damaged or poorly repaired, this one is in tip-top shape and I’m almost sure is original. Below the castle-like top is a chain of cut and unpolished Greek key. The rest of the Alhambra pattern is composed of chains of hobstars and bands of cane. The cutting on this bowl is considerably precise, tight, and sharp and the glass is beautifully clear.
The nappy is in perfect condition and measures 6″ wide. The blank is wonderfully clear and blacklights to show American Brilliant Period.