Antique Tall Cut Glass Zipper Trumpet Vase ABP American Brilliant Period. Clear vase with gold gilt hand painted design.
12.5" tall x 4" outside top diameter x 4.5 bottom diameter. This vase is more unique and rare because of the prism zipper cuts that run 1/3 of the way up the vase, thus eliminating the usual and common add-ons of cut hobstars, fans, pinwheels, buzzstars, or other cross-hatching shapes which normally adorn these vases. No cracks or major flaws--there is a tiny chip or flea bite on the very bottom of the base--it's hard to see, as it is on the bottom, and I don't think it detracts from the overall beauty of this piece.
See pictures # 12, 13, and 14 for details. It truly is spectacular and special.
American Brilliant Period (ABP) cut glass is fine quality, hand-cut crystal produced from 1876 to roughly 1920. It is considered "crystal" because it comprised up to a 50% lead content (versus 24% for modern crystal), which accounted for its brilliance.It has three distinguishing characteristics: a bell-like ring when gently tapped with the finger, a clarity and brilliance unmatched by pressed or molded imitations, and weight noticeably greater than the same sized piece made of unleaded glass. During this period, American cut glass companies were producing items that were superior to any in the world, items that embodied a standard of quality and craftsmanship. Intricate geometric patterns that reflected a rainbow of colors is applied to everything imaginable, from small crystal goblets and dishes to grand punch bowls and decanters.
The onset of World War I signaled the end of American glassmaking. Lead that had given cut glass its signature luminance was now needed to make bullets for war. Cut glass wares fell out of vogue as society looked towards less expensive and ornate decor in the face of hard economic times, and by 1920, the last of the great manufacturers had closed their doors forever. For more beautiful glass and crystal, please look at the section in my store labeled "COLLECTIBLE Glass".For Victorian antiques of all kinds, please look at the section in my store labeled "VICTORIAN Era Antiques". I sell hand picked items that are mostly useful, sometimes unique, and always in the best condition that I can find. Any condition issues will be pictured and also noted in the description. I work very hard to describe all my items honestly, and any mistakes are 100% unintentional. PLEASE MESSAGE me BEFORE opening a return or leaving poor feedback. Communication is key--let's treat each other in a kind and decent way. I will always leave feedback for you too--because I value your time and interest, and I very much appreciate you.