ITEM 2366. BLOWN THREE MOLD PITCHER,
(unrecorded mold similar to McK#GII-33), clear, globular with
applied semi-ear shaped handle, pontil scar, 5 1/2"H blown
in a quart sized decanter mold, sheared and tooled rim with pour
spout, mint. Blown at a Midwestern (probably Mantua, Ohio) Glass
Works, 1820-1840, extremely rare pattern, exceptional form.
Definitively Midwestern in form and execution, this spectacular
blown-three-mold pitcher is most likely the product of the Mantua
Glass Works. The pitcher is blown in a decanter mold that is
similar, but not identical to the extremely rare GII-33 pattern.
(We say that the pattern is "similar" because we count
36 vertical flutes above and below the band of diamonds rather
than the 39 noted by Harry Hall White. This could, of course,
be a misprint rather than an undocumented mold, but as the number
of 39 is also recorded by the McKearins in "American Glass,"
it seems more likely that the decanter mold used as the basis
for the pitcher is an undocumented variation of GII-33.) As shown,
the pitcher's stout, semi-truncated lines mimic the form of several
pattern molded Ohio pitchers documented by the McKearins, although
it differs markedly from the "typical" form of blown-three-mold
pitchers. (See "American Glass" Plate 9, Number 2 and
Plate 118, Number 1. Also, please note the similarity of this
pitcher to the line drawing for GII-33 in the blown-three-mold
charts.) And, though the pitcher is not colored, the form and
distinctive pattern in which it is blown make this a VERY important
piece of American Glass.