Overall: 5 x 3 3/4 in. ( 12.7 x 9.5 cm )
Colorless (with purple tint), non-lead, blown glass tumbler of tapered form with flat bottom with pontil mark decorated with wheel-engraved sawtooth band at mouth and monogram with initials "ABA" within stylized foliate wreath on side.
Central European glassware was exported to America in great quantity in the late-18th and early-19th century America, and found a ready market among German- and Anglo-Americans. Though often refered to as flip glasses (flip is an alcoholic beverage), the exact function of these large tumblers is unknown. These wares were also often incorrectly attributed to Henry Stiegel's 18th-century glass works in Manheim, PA.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.