A lovely set of 5 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 3" in diameter Condition: Very, 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.
Three of these glasses have one single jewel missing (and where the jewels are missing, the spots are "rough" from the glue residue and have a "raised" feel to the spots).
The other two glasses have all their jewels.
The gold is in very, very good condition and hardly as any wear. In short, these glasses are in very,very vintage condition and display beautifully. They were never used (they've been in a cabinet for several decades).
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, etc -- purely the nature of vintage glassware). Truly a stunning, magical set. *
*On shipping: We take our packaging very seriously and carefully wrap our sets/pieces to ensure safe delivery.
****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.