“Master Argus” glass goblet, c.1840

An EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass)¬†flint glass goblet in the “Master Argus” pattern, measures 7-1/2″ tall

What makes this replaced wood base so special is that is is made from lignum vitae, a trade wood known for its combination of strength, density and toughness. According to T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King”, Merlin’s magical staff was made of lignum vitae.¬†Sadly, this type of wood is now listed as a potentially endangered species.

This goblet, also in the “Master Argus” pattern still has its original base

Photo courtesy of All Antique Glass

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