The Stufflebeans are fortunate to have some glassware, decorative bowls and dishes along with some miscellaneous odds and ends that have been passed down through the generations.
Since I haven’t shared any of these (of little monetary, but tremendous sentimental value) treasures, I thought it was time I headed to the china cabinet to see what I might be able to find.
Luckily, I know the provenance of some of our possessions, including this one.
Earl and Pearl’s Wedding Gift
I am not even sure what to call this or how to describe it. A pedestal candy bowl maybe? It’s not really big enough to hold much fruit.
I do know that this pretty little cut glass bowl is at least one hundred years old because Pearl told my father-in-law that this was a wedding present given to Pearl and Earl when they married on 10 August 1916. That information was written down on a little folded piece of paper that was kept in the top.
This bowl has three different cut glass patterns in it. You can see two of them here – the X cuts that are in each of the four corners of the bowl and the straight line cuts seen on the stem.
This bowl measures 7 1/4 inches high by 6 1/2 inches wide.
Its base measures 4 1/2 inches squared and the stem is hollow.
I am not sure what style this is, but I would almost call it Art Deco, even though that style didn’t officially begin until about 1925. I guess it was part of the Arts and Crafts style that preceded Art Deco.
This bowl likely made a fine wedding gift one hundred years ago, as it is beautifully cut, is very decorative and weighs several pounds.
However, I doubt this was ever used for much more than display or perhaps brought out when very special company came calling because I have run my fingers over every edge. There is not a chip to be found anywhere on it, nor is there any kind of scratch or scrape on the glass surfaces. The rim under the base that sets on the table doesn’t even show any wear.If I didn’t know better, I would think that someone bought this very recently and it was brand new!
I have to admit that I have not used this beautiful little heirloom either. It remains tucked safely away in my buffet. I will have to change that, though, and bring it out the next time the family gets together.
If you can help me identify this style, exactly what this piece would have been called and its typical use, I would appreciate a comment.