For sale is a lovely early American art glass pitcher that was made by The Boston and Sandwich Glass Company of Sandwich, Mass. The item is made of ruby or cranberry glass in the overshot method. The pitcher measures 7 3/8" tall and is approximately 5 1/2" in diameter from the spout to outer edge of the handle. The base of the pitcher measures 3 3/4" in diameter.
The pitcher is a nice tapered form with a clear applied handle. I believe this size is considered to be a milk pitcher. The body of the vessel is done in the overshot method and is also sometimes referred to as a crackle finish. This effect was created by blowing the form into a mold, letting the vessel cool some and then reheating the piece and rolling it in a bed of glass shards. The gaffer would then reinsert the piece he was working on back into the over for a quick roll to help the pieces combine properly without completely melting the texture smooth.
The pitcher is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is a spot on the body of the vessel that appears white although it is on the back side if used by a right handed person. I believe this is either a sand inclusion where the glass did not completely melt or a piece of white or frosted glass from a previous batch of glass shard left in the bed. It does not detract from the beauty of this piece. The pitcher is not signed but it does display a counter sunk polished pontil on the bottom. This is the finishing mark of a quality piece of art glass.
This piece was been made circa 1870-1887.