Tiny cut glass cordial with metal base, c.1820

I’m a big fan of early repairs which drastically change the overall appearance of the piece. This tiny cut glass cordial, nearly 4.5 inches high, had a matching glass base which must have broken off over 150 years ago. Since there was no way to effectively repair the detached glass base, a tinker had to create a metal replacement. I assume the owner who had the repair done was thrilled to have a functioning cordial again, even though it must have stuck out like a sore thumb among the other “perfect” ones in the set.

Perhaps the original base on my cordial glass was faceted like this example. We will never know.

Photo courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass

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2 Responses to “Tiny cut glass cordial with metal base, c.1820”

  1. So funny. The little glass that could. The base makes it so stable that you could have 25 shots with it and never spill a drop 🙂

  2. Thank you Scott!

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