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Culver Mardi Gras Glasses

Sale price $334.29 Regular price $377.02

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A lovely set of 4 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 good vintage condition. The gold is vibrant. The glass clarity is perfect (no cloudiness). We're pretty Type A about summarizing the exact condition of our items, so here's a glass by glass summary:

Glass 1- Very minor gold loss (mostly to the edges of the jester's hat/fringe); there's some glue residue around some of the jewels (100% common with this Culver pattern)
Glass 2 - 1 missing jewel (and there's a rough spot you can feel with your finger where the jewel used to be); no gold loss
Glass 3 - There's some glue residue around some of the jewels (100% common with this Culver pattern); there's one very subtle scratch in the glass; no gold loss
Glass 4 - There's a "dot" of extra glass on the rim (we tried to capture this in photo #9) that basically looks like a small clear bump, completely common with Mid Century glassware; Very minor gold loss (mostly to the edges of the jester's hat/fringe

Lastly, the "blue" backing shows through the gold in a few places (again, completely common with this Culver pattern and occurred when the gold got applied).

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.

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, etc -- purely the nature of vintage glassware).

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

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