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Colorless blown and cut circuloid globular body rising from flat base, indented slightly at cylindrical neck with scalloped mouth forming a spout; cut decoration with fluted lower third of body and central diamond cut band surmounted by square facet cuts; lozenge facet cuts at neck; applied strap handle with ovoid cut along edge.
"Cherished Possessions": These cut glass pitchers belonged to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, merchant James Rundlet. They were most likely used for water, placed on the table throughout the meal. In The House Servant's Directory (1827), Robert Roberts recommended placing four or six water decanters or cut glass pitchers, on your supper table, as the company generally help themselves at supper without the formality of more attendance than is necessary for comfort.
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),
Gift of Ralph May