Abraham Lincoln Patriotic Milk Glass Goblet
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Patriotic Milk Glass Goblet. Height 5½ inches. The design elements are either entirely hand-painted or transfer-printed with hand-painted highlights and include a portrait of Lincoln, and an American eagle, bannerette, flag, shield and oak leaves on the opposite side. Three levels of gold banding, garlands of flowers and Arabesque designs finish the piece. Not marked, circa 1865.
Lincoln, Sherman, and Grant on Civil War Era Patriotic Milk Glass Vase
Ulysses S. Grant, The Military Savior of the Union
According to Jonathan Mann, editor of The Railsplitter, the three Civil War era patriotic milk glass pieces we have were sold approximately 20 years ago by Rex Stark to Wynn Klintz, a foremost collector who spared no expense in acquiring the best examples of political Americana. This is a prohibitively rare survival. It has a small area of chipping to the base, barely visible when displayed, and is very fine overall.
Milk glass, an opaque white molded glassware, had been around since the sixteenth century. Often, geometric patterns or motifs were molded into each piece. Or, the white surface provided an excellent medium for colorful painted designs, as is the case here.