Make: American Brilliant Cut
Pattern: Strawberry Diamond
Construction: Cut Crystal
Dimensions: 8" Diameter x 4" Tall
Condition: Good antique condition. Two chips to teeth and flea bites on underside of bowl. Crystal is beautiful and clear. Please see photos.
Details: Beautiful, clear, antique crystal bowl hand cut with Strawberry Diamond pattern during the American Brilliant period of glass. Adorned with fans and a 48 point star on its base.
Cut glass, decorated entirely by hand using rotating metal or stone wheels, can be traced back as far as 1500 B.C. The dawn of electricity and industry in America as well as preparation for the country's 100th birthday caused a revolution in cut glass known as the American Brilliant period, beginning in 1876 and lasting until the first world war. Before this point American glass houses found it difficult to compete with the perception of European glass superiority. The tide began to shift when rail transportation brought record attendance to the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Here, several American glass companies showed their beautiful pieces, captivating audiences with their work, and sparking a boom in American cut glass.