Posted 1 year ago
This has got to be my best op shop find ever!
I found this fabulous goblet today for $2 in a local op shop. I literally couldn't believe my eyes...in fact, I know I let out a gasp of joy when I saw it & another customer gave me a funny look (I dare say I had an expression of complete bliss on my face at the time as well).
It was super dirty (I've given it a quick clean but will do a more detailed one) & just on the shelves with random odds & ends - not even in the display cabinets where they tend to put the "better" items. All the better for me!
The even more amazing thing is that I once owned an identical goblet (except with a blue snake) which I sold a few years ago, & ended up sorely regretting. I've sold off loads of stuff over the years & 9 times out 10 there's no regrets, but this time was different. I was a bit low on funds & low in my spirit too, when I sold it. It was a mistake...
And so the wheel of fortune turns & I get it back in a slightly different form. What a perfect thrill!
Anyway, it measures 19.5 cm tall, 9 cm across the top rim, & 8.5 cm across the base. The goblet is made from clear glass with a heavily textured crackle finish, & has an applied red snake twisted around the stem. There are gilded accents on the top rim & on the join between stem & bowl. There's also some gilding on the snake although it is a tad worn. Otherwise it is in perfect condition with no chips or cracks.
Bohemian origin I believe & mid - late 19th century.
Update - big thanks to inky for letting me know it is Harrach Eisglas circa 1860!