Overall: 5 3/4 x 4 in. ( 14.6 x 10.2 cm )
Colorless, non-lead blown and pattern-molded glass tumber; tapered form with 16 molded flutes around lower portion of body with band of wheel-engraved chain of pointed ovals with cross-hatching below a squiggled band at rim; flat base with pontil mark.
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 tumblers is unknown. These wares were also often incorrectly attributed to Henry Stiegel's 18th-century glass works in Manheim, PA.
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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