Blown Three Mold
GII – 43
Attributed to New England, Glasshouse Undetermined
Brilliant Olive Green – Geometric Pineapple Form
Provenance: Michael George Collection
The three main categories of blown three mold glass patterns are Geometric, Arch and Baroque. Diamond patterning, also known as diamond diapering or diamond quilting, is the most common geometric design and can be found on tableware items such as decanters, stoppers, cruets, casters, condiment sets, pitchers, punch bowls, pans, dishes, preserve dishes, mugs, tumblers, wine glasses, celery glasses and salts, and doll dishes.
Our museum example represents an elegant and beautiful early American glass design. This geometric GII-43 Blown Three Mold decanter or bottle has a long neck and is finished with an applied slanting flat double collar and has a plain polished pontil. The design can be found in two sizes, pint and quart. The consignor notes that he has both sizes.
This pattern is only found on the GII-43 bottles and is similar to a pineapple shape, which was popular in early American architecture and design as it was a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
In American Glass, George S. and Helen McKearin picture and note this bottle as extremely rare on Plate 127 and illustrate and note on pages 253 and 287. The decanter was made around 1815 to 1820 and is believed to be a product of the Keene Marlboro Street Glass Works, although proof of origin is still undetermined.
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Primary Image: Blown Three Mold GII-43 Decanter imaged on location by Alan DeMaison, FOHBC Virtual Museum Midwest Studio
Support Images: Auction Lot 3: Blown Three Mold Decanter, probably America, 1820-1840. Pineapple form with three applied neck rings, golden yellow with a distinct yellow-green cast in the sunlight, crudely tooled flared mouth with matching plain period stopper – polished pontil scar, ht. with stopper 9 1/4 inches; (shallow 1/16 inch flake on lower neck ring). GII-43. Here’s a piece that is a real joy to hold. Thick heavy glass and a strong mold impression combined with an unusual color make this one special. Rare mold. Generally fine condition. Ex George S. McKearin collection, ex Francis LeBaron collection. – Norman Heckler Jr. & Sr., Norman C. Heckler & Co., Auction #171
Support Images: Auction Lot 246: Blown Three Mold Decanter, America, 1820-1840. Bulbous with three applied neck rings, colorless, wide tooled flared mouth – pontil scar, ht. 7 3/4 inches; (5/8 inch “U” shaped fissure under the lower neck ring). GII-43. A very rare decanter with wonderful glass clarity and form. – Norman Heckler Jr. & Sr., Norman C. Heckler & Co., Auction #171
Support Image: Auction Lot 143: Blown-Molded GII-43 Pint Decanter, applied tapered mouth, plain base, medium green, Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. Circa: 1825-1835. Virtually undamaged with a minute flake to the bottom edge of the mouth, single instance of minor interior residue. 7 5/8″ H., From the Don Kelly collection, Altamont, NY., Literature: The McKearins – American Glass, p. 253, GII-43. – Jeffrey Evans, Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
Support Image: Example of pint and quart Blown Three Mold GII-43 Decanters. – Michael George collection.
Support: Reference to American Glass by George S. and Helen McKearin, Crown Publishers Inc., New York, 1989.
Support: Reference to American Bottles and Flasks and Their Ancestry by Helen McKearin and Kenneth M. Wilson, Crown Publishers, New York, 1978.
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