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Culver Jeweled Mardi Gras Glasses

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A lovely set of 6 Culver "Mardi Gras" jeweled glasses/tumblers. This pattern is the pinnacle of Culver. One of their most popular patterns during the Mid-Century and still incredibly popular today. Each glass depicts three different versions of a jester playing an instrument. In between the jesters are 22k gold "strings" broken by tiny gold starbursts, diamonds, dots and colored "jewels" (the jewels come in red, green, orange, and blue).

A quick summary about this glassware maker: Culver started the application of the 22-karat gold to their glassware. Fun fact: the super-heated, roll-on process of gold remains a secret today. Culver comes in a variety of patterns including gilded mushrooms, owls, cats, wildlife, Egyptian or Asian inspired design themes, scrolling leaf patterns, holiday designs, sports motifs and many others. The Mardi Gras pattern is one of Culver's harder to find patterns and is the essence of Mid Century Modern glassware style.

A bit about the Mardi Gras pattern: Culver made several variations of this pattern including a version with jewels as well as a version without jewels. The variation with jewels was made over the course of a few years and during that time the "back" or interior of each jester is either a light blue or more of a light gray. These are the blue backs version.

Maker/pattern: Culver Ltd., Mardi Gras

Hallmarks: Please note, this pattern was not signed. Culver didn't sign a number of their patterns (likely to not interfere with the pattern) so again, these glasses/pattern do not bare the Culver signature.

Measurements: 5 1/2" tall x 2 3/4" in diameter

Condition: Very, very good vintage condition with mild signs of age/wear and a few manufacturing occurrences. These glasses have been in a display cabinet for decades. The gold is vibrant. All glasses have all their jewels. The glass clarity is clear.

*Please note: Mid Century glassware often has imperfections (i.e. tiny bubbles in the glass, or a tiny bit of residue where an extra bit of glue around the jewels when they were applied, the jewels are perfectly aligned, an extra dot of gold that made it to the clear glass, etc -- purely the nature of vintage glassware).

We're pretty Type A about summarizing the exact condition of our items, so here's a glass by glass summary:

Glass 1 - Several of the jewels show glue "residue" (an opaque white) around the jewel (very common with this Culver pattern and all Culver jeweled patterns)
Glass 2 - Most all of the jewels show glue "residue" (an opaque white) around the jewel
Glass 3 - Most all of the jewels show glue "residue" (an opaque white) around the jewel and one of the jewels is slightly off-center
Glass 4 - Most all of the jewels show glue "residue" (an opaque white) around the jewel
Glass 5 - Most all of the jewels show glue "residue" (an opaque white) around the jewel and one of the jewels (a red jewel) has a bit of "cloudiness" directly around the jewel and a tiny "rough" spot at the very top of that same jewel (see photo #10 for reference)
Glass 6 - Most all of the jewels show glue "residue" (an opaque white) around the jewel and some extremely minor wear to some very edges of the jester/gold

The above might sound nit-picky but we like to be thorough when it comes to our MCM glassware, mostly to emphasize that Mid Century glassware was made very differently than modern-day glassware! Truly a stunning, magical set that displays beautifully.

We have other sizes in this pattern, if you're looking for a larger set. See other listings!

**On shipping: We take our packaging very seriously and carefully wrap our sets/pieces to ensure safe delivery. This set will be double-boxed, which means a larger, heavier box.

****Important to note pre-purchase: Buyers, please examine all photos carefully as we cannot accept returns due to the fragile nature (the possibility of breakage when being shipped back) of our vintage/antique pieces. We try to explain the condition/description in an accurate and thorough manner but we ask that you please examine all photos carefully and ask all questions before purchasing an item as we are unable to accept returns due to the risk of breakage. Cheers!