Punch Bowls in Victorian Pattern Glass are few and far between.
We have seen only a handful of the large ones other than the popular Manhattan,
Galloway, Slewed Horseshoe and
|| CRACKLE PUNCH SET
This fine example of Early American
Pattern Glass consists of an undertray, covered punch bowl, ladle,
and 10 punch cups or glasses. It is clear crackle glass, made by rolling
a gather of glass on a marvering board which has been covered with fine
fragments of glass.
|| The gather, coated
with the glass fragments, is then pressed or blown into a mold. The
undertray measures approximately 16 inches in diameter; the height
of the punch bowl without the cover is about 10 1/2 inches. Each punch
cup or glass is about 4 1/2" high.
| The applied "stem" on the punch bowl lid has been acid
etched or satin finished, as has the handle on the ladle which also
has been applied. The bowl has a brass ring around the rim.
The punch glasses have clear rings near thetop
as well as clear stems and bases. The undertray appears to be pressed, but
the bowl and cover may be blown. This set has been tentatively attributed
to the Portland Glass Company, Portland, Maine. This company made outstanding
wares from about 1863 to 1873. Attributing this set has proven difficult,
but clues found in several sources suggest that the maker was the Portland
|| Ladd, in Portland Glass, shows a punch
set with the identical undertray form and unique "Stem" on the punch
bowl lid. Additionally, Portland did make crackle glass and could do
brass work right at the factory. Further, they made some forms in the
shape of vegatables (particularly squash) The punch bowl included in
this set is somewhat acorn or pumpkin-squash shaped.
information regarding the maker, date of manufacture, other colors,
and other similar forms in crackle glass would be greatly appreciated.