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Overall H: 18.5 cm, Body Diam: 12 cm; Rim Diam: 11.1 cm; Foot Diam: 11. 5 cm
On Display
about 1840-1860
Web Description: 
The glass that was used to make this pitcher was also employed in the manufacture of windows because the brilliant deep aquamarine color would not have been noticeable in thinly blown sheets of window glass. The applied decoration on the pitcher resembles lily pads. This type of decoration, which is unknown on earlier European glasses, is considered to be an American innovation. Because glassmakers frequently moved, it is often impossible to determine precisely where such table wares were produced. The pitcher may have been made as a gift for the family or a close friend of the glassmaker. Until recently, glassworkers in America and Europe were permitted to use factory glass to fashion objects on their own time at no cost. These “end-of-day” creations are some of the most fanciful objects made in American glasshouses.
McKearin, George S., Source
Primary Description: 
Pitcher. Non-lead glass, brilliant deep aquamarine; free-blown with applied and tooled decoration; squat globular body, long slender cylindrical neck with wide flaring rim and tiny pinched lip and smaller "pinch" at top of handle attachment; applied heavy, wide, circular, crimped foot; rough pontil mark; applied very heavy broad solid handle with fine medial rib and long crimped and curled end; lily-pad type I on body, vertical stems at front and right of handle, crossed on sides; threaded neck.
Lilypad Pitcher (family) (2011)BIB# 134368
Glass Tableware, Bowls and Vases (1982) illustrated, pl. 74; BIB# 22048
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 65, #61; BIB# 21161
A Treasury of World Antiques (1979) illustrated, p. 261; BIB# 21035
Glass; Lancaster and Lockport, New York (1971) illustrated, frontis; BIB# 18925
Corning Glassmaker: an anthology edition (1956) illustrated, p. 8 (middle right); BIB# 67761
Corning Glassmaker: The Story of American Glass (1953) illustrated, p. 8 (middle right); BIB# 48774