Letter Rack

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Object Name: 
Letter Rack
Accession Number: 
96.4.185 B
Overall H: 9.3 cm, W: 17.3 cm, D: 7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Production of fanciful desk accessories coincided with a flourishing culture of letter writing. The elegance of handwriting and the objects used became important indicators of character and social status. This matching set includes an inkwell, stamp boxes, pen tray, letter rack, and blotter, all to keep the furniture neat and tidy from ink stains.
From the Cutter's Wheel, Source
Acid stamped base
Primary Description: 
Letter Rack. Colorless lead glass; blown, cut, engraved. Letter rack is U-shaped with the back side higher. Front surface is cut with a frame of fine diamonds around closely-spaced parallel lines centering on a polished oval engraved with a crossed torch, bow and quiver, a helmet and flowers, and ribbons, with a scroll on each side of the oval; rear surface is framed with a band of fine diamond cutting, base is acid-stamped: "HAWKES".
Recent Important Acquisitions, 39 (1997) illustrated, pp. 182-183, #48; BIB# AI5243
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1996 (1997) illustrated, p. 12, p. 17; BIB# AI95179