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Sugar Bowl

Place Made:
or Pennsylvania United Kingdom
Date Made:
__6 1/2 __ __ __ __4 5/16 __Dimensions: HOA 6 1/2; DIA (bowl) 4 5/16; DIA (base) 2 1/4
Accession Number:
This “Stiegal type” sugar bowl has some characteristics of pieces thought to have been made by the glassworks of William Henry Stiegel which operated in Manheim Pennsylvania in the mid to late eighteenth century. Records indicate that Stiegel was more concerned with the production of fine tablewares than some of the other glassmakers in America prior to the Revolution. Although much of glass attributed to the Stiegel glassworks is in the German taste, Stiegel is known to have turned his attention to the production of glass in the English taste (such as this example) by the 1770’s.

According to Arlene Palmer in GLASS IN EARLY AMERICA (1993: 197), “dozens of colored mold-blown sugar bowls… have been attributed to the Manheim glassworks of William Henry Stiegel, but none has been documented to that factory. Stiegel did produce colored glass, and sugar bowls are among the numerous tablewares listed in the factory’s records. By 1771 Stiegel achieved full lead glass, and isolating his products from English imports is problematical.”

DESCRIPTION: Cobalt blue lead glass sugar bowl with lid; elongated hemispherical body pattern molded with rows of diamonds; conical lid with spire finial on wafer; foot with pontil mark.

Credit Line:
Acquired through Trade