Tumbler with cover

Object Number: 
1952.212ab
Date: 
1780-1820
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 21 x 15.9 cm )
Description: 
Colorless, non-lead glass; blown. Beaker (or tumbler) with cover; tapered form with wheel-engraved decoration consisting of a two-handled basket with tulip and two leafy sprays surrounded by squiggled lines on the obverse with a small stylized floral spray on the reverse, flat base with ground pontil mark; double-domed cover with straight sides inset below flange with applied ball finial with pontil mark, decorated with band of wheel-engraved stylized vines.
Gallery Label: 
Central European glassware was exported to America in great quantity in the late-18th and early-19th century America, and found a ready market among German- and Anglo-Americans. Though often refered to as flip glasses (flip is an alcoholic beverage), the exact function of these large tumblers is unknown. These wares were also often incorrectly attributed to Henry Stiegel's 18th-century glass works in Manheim, PA.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group