ITEM 6209. HANDLED BLOWN THREE
MOLD SHOT GLASS, (McK# GII-16), clear flint glass, cylindrical
with applied solid glass handle, pontil scar, 1 ¾"H,
sheared and fire polished mouth, about mint (a 1/8" heat
check in the handle is well hidden behind the rigaree). American,
1820-1840, extremely rare.
Of the three known GII-16 handled shot glasses this is unquestionably
the finest. It is of course the outrageously oversized handle
treatment that puts this piece "over the top," making
what is in fact a diminutive object command attention even when
displayed among significantly larger objects. The noted heat
check is small and slight enough for it to be a non-issue and
in fact what my eyes are seeing may be a reflection from the
handle curl. In either case, the flaw (or perceived flaw) does
nothing to diminish the aesthetic appeal or historic significance
of this uniquely proportioned blown three mold object.