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Author Topic: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?  (Read 390 times)

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Offline Paul S.

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possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:20:23 PM »
described by the seller as a 'wine cooler' - although I'm not sure what it means in this case as too small a diameter to accommodate a bottle.          Sizes are, about.........4.5" tall with a rim diameter of a tad over 4" which narrows a little toward the base  -  slice cutting to the lower half and large quality ground/polished pontil depression and outer foot rim with fair amount of wear.
A lead glass ring which goes on for ages, and with the looks of some considerable age.
The seller might have meant to say 'wine glass cooler' - but in the absence of opposing lips it would seem unlikely (and probably too narrow anyway)  -  neither is it like any of the finger bowls I have, or seen.

But it may well turn out to be one of these items, in an unusual guise.         So opinions sought please, and thanks for looking :)

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 07:35:58 PM »
Could it not just be a whisky type glass...

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 08:17:43 PM »
thanks  -  it had crossed my mind that it might be a tumbler - some of these early C19 glasses were unlike the proportions of C20 drinking glasses - as you can see in the attached pic where the width is greater than the height.      However, it does seem large for a whiskey - but can't really think it can be anything other than a drinking glass - I think it was the seller's description that had mislead me in the beginning.      I had the date down as something like 1820 - 1840 perhaps. :) 

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012, 08:26:31 PM »
Ice bucket, anyone?

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 09:42:50 PM »
HI ,
           Or a tea mixing glass from a caddy perhaps .

cheers ,
             Peter.

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2012, 10:07:43 PM »
many thanks - both are possibilities :) - although I'd be less inclined to go with the tea mixing bowl in view of the wear - I had this idea that as mixing bowls remained within the caddy, then their bottoms might remain almost free of wear. :-\  -  but that is just my opinion and I could be very wrong.         Unfortunately, I have only two mixing bowls and neither are good examples by which to judge this piece.      As to an ice bucket  -  I don't have any examples, so bit ignorant there  -  can they be reasonably thin glass with a strong resonant ring?             

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 10:29:18 PM »
A bit small for an icebucket...

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Re: possible rinser/finger bowl or what?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 02:50:54 PM »
thanks for all the interest  -  I've just been advised by reliable GMB member that they have previously seen identical pieces as mixing bowls within a tea caddy - so looks like the matter has been solved.        Think I'd have preferred it to have been a Regency tumbler, but no complaints, it's a very nice piece of lead glass from first third of C19 and cost me very little :)

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