Set of Six Victorian Star Diamond and Circle Engraved Lead Crystal Custard Cups c.1860
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This is a highly attractive set of six lead crystal custard cups, probably British in origin and dating to between 1860 and 1870.
The bucket-shaped bowl is of tapering form with a thickened base. Just below the rim, it has been engraved with a circumferential band of dots. Below this is a broad band of diamond-shaped panels, bordered above and below with a fine circumferential line. The panels alternate, containing either engraved circles or eight-pointed stars. The triangular-shaped spaces between adjacent diamonds are filled with engraved angular dashes. This panel surmounts a fine circumferential band, from which extends a band of alternating long and short vertical lines.
The bowl sits on a short-waisted stem and plain, flat foot. The latter has a central polished pontil. The applied handle is of decorative form, looping round and being crimped at the lower attachment. This has been turned up at the end to create a small loop.
Each custard cup has a height of approximately 8.0cm, with a diameter across the rim of about 5.4cm and across the foot of about 4.7cm. They each have a liquid capacity (to the brim) of 85ml and an average unwrapped weight of 100g. There may be minor discrepancies in the dimensions due to the handmade nature of the cups.
They are in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks.
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