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Celery vase or glass (one of a pair)

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Celery vase or glass (one of a pair)

United States, England, or Ireland

1825-1850 10-1/8 in x 5-1/2 in (dia) Colorless lead glass

Historic Odessa Foundation, The David Wilson Mansion, Inc.


Ex coll. Mrs. E. Tatnall (Mary Corbit) Warner

The mold-blown narrow body of this celery has two tiers of six-sided panels below a flared and scalloped rim.  The body stands on a baluster-shaped stem that in turn is on a flattened disk foot.  The pontil mark on the underside has been polished off.  Similar celeries have been identified as of American manufacture, but glass scholars have found examples made in England and Ireland.

According to Arlene Palmer (Glass in Early America:  Selections from the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum [1993], p. 270), celery was a luxury food in the 19th century that in the early years spawned dedicated glass objects, such as this celery glass or vase.

Vase 1971.814.2 was photographed.