Monday, May 17, 2010

Cut-glass Family Heirloom

For this week's Table Top Tuesday at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life I am showing a beautiful cut-glass platter that belonged to my husband's great-aunt.  She had an enormous collection of cut glass stored in glass cabinets that lined her living and dining rooms.  After she died, her children kept some pieces, and the rest went to antique dealers.  A few years later, my in-laws were browsing in an antique shop and spotted this piece, which they recognized from her collection.  They purchased it and enjoyed it for many years.  My mother-in-law passed away two years ago, and my father-in-law has just moved into an independent living apartment, so he gave us this stunning piece.


The photo hardly does it justice -- there must be a knack to photographing cut glass!  The design is incredibly detailed, and when the sun shines into my dining room in the afternoons, there are rainbows everywhere!  Here's another shot that might be a bit better. 


Is it a platter?  A shallow bowl?  I need to learn more about cut glass!  To give you an idea of the size of the piece, here it is in the center of my dining room table.


Needless to say, we are thrilled to be the third generation to own this remarkable heirloom!  Thank you for stopping by -- and don't forget to go see all the wonderful table tops at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life.

12 comments:

  1. Oh that piece is fantastic. I like cut glass myself (along with every other kind of glass come to think of it) and I can just imagine how it plays with light. What an incredible stroke of luck to actually find it after it left the family.

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  2. Beautiful piece girl..it looks like "sandwich" glass to me look it up online and read about it...thanks for sharing..I just became a followers also ha ha!! May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  3. Hi Tricia! Oh, what a gorgeous piece! How wonderful to have this beautiful treasure.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. That is such an exquisite tray, Tricia. How lucky of you to have it in your possession....Christine

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  5. Beautiful piece!! Family treasures are just the best. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  6. Very lovely! So many possibilities for that piece, everything from centerpieces to serving food and all "in style"!

    DD

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  7. It is a beautiful piece. How special it has been in your family so many years. What a treasure!

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  8. What a beautiful centerpiece and the family history makes it even more beautiful!
    Cindy

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  9. Wow, what a gorgeous piece and so large too. I love all the wonderful detail. It really is just stunning. It makes the perfect centerpiece for your table and such an eyecatching vignette. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Oh, that is gorgeous! How wonderful that they found that beauty and that you now have it. laurie

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  11. Ooh, I love that cut glass piece! How beautiful. Be blessed. Cindy

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