A striking piece of art glass by The Duncan and Miller Glass Company, the Number 12 vase, created during the 1930's, is generally known as a "rocket" vase for its unique three pointed base.
Against black glass is displayed a silver overlay- or silver deposit- decoration of hanging floral and leaf joined to a comb-like, fence swag which is blended into a silver band around the rim. To this floral overlay is seen the word "sterling which is attributed to The Silver City Glass Company in Meriden, CT.
The Duncan and Miller Glass Company (1865-1955), located in Washington, Pennsylvania, and its artisans, many who were immigrants from European glass companies, created some of the most beautiful American art glass pieces, such as this art deco rocket vase, which surprisingly were made for daily home use. Today these pieces are not for daily use but are collected and admired for their obvious appeal.
It is evident this vase was appreciate by its previous owner and, from the permanent water ring and light flower stem marks to the interior, is not in mint condition. It is, however, undoubtedly a perfect example of timeless American art glass design and craftsmanship, a rare eye-catcher that has maintained its wondrous, artistic style.
Origin: USA; pre-owned
Dimensions: 9 1/8"H x 6 1/4"W x 5 1/2"W opening
Condition: Great. Age related light surface scuff marks on one side (see second to last last photo); surface scuff marks seen to the interior, in addition to a water ring (could not be remove) from past use (see last photo); one speck of silver loss to the top rim. The silver overlay is shiny with no seen loss to the detail.
This vase, despite what is noted, and for its circa 90 years, is beautifully polished, free of any chips, cracks, or repairs, and displays stunningly.