Lincoln, Sherman, and Grant on Civil War Era Patriotic Milk Glass Vase
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[ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, AND ULYSSES S. GRANT].
Pale green patriotic milk glass vase with hand-colored transfer portraits of Lincoln, Sherman, and Grant. Height 10½ inches, covered with hand-painted designs including an eagle, American shield, unfurled flag, banner inscribed “E Pluribus Unum,” with lilacs, gold banding and Greek key motifs. No markings or indication of origin, but likely produced towards the end of the Civil Civil War. Ca. 1865.
Abraham Lincoln Patriotic Milk Glass Goblet
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. A raised line runs through the Sherman transfer and slightly beyond, likely as made (perhaps caused by a piece of straw adhering to the mold). We have not seen another example.
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.