14 1/2 x 7 1/2 steep sided, one piece punch bowl in 99.99% extra fine condition. No apologies found on the rim or in the pattern. Not even any scratches on the bottom.
The interior is highly polished, and the piece is signed ALFORD in a diamond in the bottom center. With a loupe, I can find a few insignificant flea bites on the interior rim.
This exact piece is shown in a 1905 Alford catalog. Both the pattern name -- MARLBOROUGH -- and the 14+ punch bowl are exclusive to this one piece in the catalog. Alford was a very high end jewelry store in New York City with sufficient cachet to have their own ABPCG catalogs and custom signed cut glass line.
Their glass was cut by Clark in an exclusive arrangement. Clark only cut top quality pieces for Alford; I've never seen a piece marked Alford that was anything less than top drawer. This punch bowl is cut on a blown, best metal blank, colorless and brilliant, and weighs a substantial 18 lbs & 5 oz.
The cutting is fiery and brilliant. The pointed, clear channels around the circular star clusters, their framing circular channels and also the spaces between them really show off the quality of the blank. This is a Highly Desirable. Pattern -- the major motif being four complex star-circles, each framed by bands of ultra-fine silver diamond finished with Xs and elongated fans--a very neo-classical, dressy treatment resembling classical laurel crowns. The reflectivity and prismatic play of the cutting is fiery and colorful.
Do note how the six-pointed stars each rests on TWO points rather than the usual one--an unusual, eye-catching treatment. The item "MASSIVE Clark signed Alford Clear Channel Circles Bowl MARLBOROUGH pattern 1905" is in sale since Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Glassware\Cut Glass\American Brilliant". The seller is "jacklnhyde" and is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.