The glass features zipper cut vertical fluting and bold hobstars around the sides and on the underside. The glass is thick and of heavy weight, and the quality of the cutting is exceptional, suggesting a high end maker like Hawkes, Sinclair, Tuthill, Dorflinger, or the like.
The bowl's rim is thick, heavy sterling silver, fantastically hand chased with a very classical shell and scroll border. This is a very impressive piece and would look incredible filled with colorful punch, fruit, or flowers. The bowl has a generous capacity of about 24 cups, or 192 fluid ounces/5.7 liters.
The silver rim is stamped with the maker's mark for Gorham as well as sterling, the date mark of a sickle for 1899 and a product number D244. This piece is in great overall condition. There is one chip to the glass around the side, to one of the vertical cuts, with another tiny flake to a point on one of the stars.For a cut glass piece of this size and age, that is pretty impressive in terms of condition, and these are only even noticeable with very close, careful inspection. There are no other chips, no cracks, no breaks, and no repairs. The sterling silver rim is well mounted and has no splits, no dents, no breaks, and no repairs, just a couple of tiny pinpoint dings here and there. The bowl measures about 15 3/4 inches in diameter (11 1/2 inches interior diameter) and stands about 6 3/4 inches tall at the rim. Huge 1899 American Brilliant Period Cut Glass Gorham Sterling Silver Punchbowl Centerpiece 23512.
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