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STUNNING PURPLE AMETHYST KEENE SALT CELLAR

ITEM 6183. FREEBLOWN SALT CELLAR, purple amethyst, ogee shaped bowl and domed foot drawn from a single gather, 2 11/16"H, sheared and fire polished mouth, about mint (shallow ¼" flake on foot and some exterior wear). New England, probably blown at the Keene Marlboro Street Glass Works, Keene, NH, 1815-1830, extremely rare.

This spectacular salt cellar is one of our most exciting blown glass finds of 2006. The piece is fresh to the market and shows evidence of much household usage. Constructed in a manner identical to a salt sold in a recent Heckler Auction (Lot# 41 Auction 77), the piece was blown using the same metal as one sees in the very rare purple Keene Masonic flasks. Though Keen production is most likely, the similarity of the bowl's form to known Sandwich and NEG Co. salts makes Coastal Massachusetts production a possibility as well. In either case, this spectacular New England salt is a joy to behold and a truly "honest" piece of early glass.



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