American Brilliant Cut Glass Large Punch Bowl Golf By J. D. Bergen 1904 Antique For Saleopportunity to obtain a large 2 part punch bowl by a major cut glass company of the brilliant period. The piece is cut in the Golf pattern by J. D. Bergen. The exact punch bowl is shown on page 7 of the 1904 salesman sample catalog. Bergen was a major player in the cut glass world and they were located in Meriden , CT. The punch bowl is a larger 14" one. It makes a statement in display. Would be great in the center of the dining table or a sideboard. Of course it would look nice on the bottom shelf of a cabinet as well. The base is fully cut in matching pattern as well.
The punch bow is cut on a great quality blown blank. The glass is thick and very heavy. The cutting is nicely done as well. The plug of the top bowl is cut with a hobstar. The base collar is cut in large circumferential miters.
The punch bowl measures14inches diameter and14 inches tall.Overall it is in excellent condtion. Thereare some flakes to the miters in the pattern but not terrible. Easily repaired if one wanted to be picky. American Brilliant period 1876-1916.
American Brilliant cut glass was made in the United States from roughly 1876-1916. It is an art form that we believe Americans did better than anyone in the world. The craftsmanship that went into these pieces is amazing. They were hand created from start to finish. The formulas were carefully developed to produce the purest and whitest of blanks. The lead content in modern crystal is 24%. American Brilliant is anywhere from 30-40% lead. This made the glass clear, heavy and facilitated cutting by lending a softness to the "metal". The pieces were hand blown then kiln cooled. Skilled cutters would cut each and every miter in the design with steel wheels with sand and water dripping on them, then stone wheels to smooth the large cuts, then various sizes of stone wheels to make the different size cuts, then wooden wheels with pumice on them to polish and finally felt wheels with rottenstone and water to do the final polish. The work was done in assembly line fashion with various specialists performing each stage. It was truly labor intensive. World War I signaled the end of the period. Today American Cut Glass is one of the most sought after art forms. The supply of high quality pieces is limited. But it is a collecting arena that can be enjoyed by any level of collector. More information can be found at the American Cut Glass Association. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and preservation of this art form.
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