|Posted by tizzylou on January 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM|
One of the Photo Albums I've created with a slide show features a covered sugar bowl in the Beaded 808 pattern. This sugar bowl was made in the 1800s by Model Flint Glass Co. Looking into the top of the sugar bowl you can see the 808 figures in the pattern. The pattern is on the outside of the sugar bowl in the form of a raised beaded design.
This glass is thick and it is heavy. The glass is very clear and leads me to believe it has a high lead content. The lead content adds both clarity and weight to glassware.
The slide show allows a better view of this beautiful sugar bowl. And you can see the beading a lot better in the other photos. The sugar bowl lid has amulti-sided finial with beading on it as well. The 808 pattern is repeated on the lid. An etched or possibly wheel cut engraving design featuring leaves and flowers adds to the decorations.
The sugar bowl is about 6.25 inches tall with the lid on it. It has a 3 inch opening. This is certainly a LARGE sugar bowl when compared to today's standard sugar bowls. There was a good reason for large sugar bowls when this one was made -- there was no such thing as granulated sugar. Sugar was in loaves or blocks and had to be broken up for use. Small amounts of sugar were shaved off as needed. A large containr was needed to store the rest. I found this information about the sugar loaves or blocks on http://www.patternglass.com. The site is loaded with all kinds of interesting tidbits about the forms of glassware our ancestors used.