Base for covered butter dish

Object Number: 
ca. 1890
Overall: 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 1.9 x 8.9 cm )
Colorless (with slight amethyst tint) pressed glass base for covered butter dish (from toy sets); circular form with scalloped edge; deep curved rim and nine-sided well; sunburst with leafy points, in well; along interior rim, frieze of figures, working and playing, in a garden setting: one figure is walking behind a hoop, another holding a drum, another walking behind a pig, and another holding a spade and trowel aloft; fences, trees, and a row of 3 scarecrows complete the scene (Lee-Rose 895).
Gallery Label: 
While miniature glass objects (such as plates or salts) were long assumed to have been salesmen's samples produced in small sizes, no evidence has appeared to support that hypothesis. Jane Spilman states that "we may be fairly certain that they are, in fact, children's toys produced to use with doll houses or simply with dolls." (See Publications)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group