Honeycomb pattern goblet, c.1860

I don’t like to use the term “make-do” to describe antiques with inventive repairs, as I feel it diminishes the artistry and integrity of the piece. But this EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) 5-1/2″ tall goblet in the Honeycomb pattern is a make-do in the best sense of the word, a fine example of Yankee ingenuity. Made in America between 1850-1870 during the Industrial Revolution, machine-made pressed glass examples such as this were mass produced and available to all.

Though more affordable than hand blown glass counterparts, this goblet was still cherished enough by its owner to be repaired after it broke. In this case, after the base snapped off, a simple unpainted and overscaled wooden base was attached to what was left of the broken stem. The result is a bit comical, as we are left with a short, stout goblet with an extra wide wood base that resembles half of a yo-yo.

This example with its original base shows what my goblet looked like before it took a tumble.


Photo courtesy of eBay

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2 Responses to “Honeycomb pattern goblet, c.1860”

  1. You added to the interest of this post with all the work you put into finding a photograph of an intact piece. I know how much work it is to find a glass pattern and I appreciate the research you do to make this blog so fascinating.

  2. Mary Betz says:

    Thank you for your instructive, entertaining and thoroughly delightful posts.

    As an historical re-enactor, mostly of the Dragoon (Pre Civil War) period at Ft Tejon, CA, your posts have been a real treat. I’ve shared many of the ‘repairs’ with other re-enactors, who have also been impressed with the ingenious make-dos.

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