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First guesses on this unusual threaded, diamond optic compote/tazza were either Stevens & Williams or Webb, but it turned out to be a Frederick Stuart design at the Red House Glassworks, shape 3890, circa 1882. The company became Stuart & Sons a few years later. Attribution, however, only cleared up one mystery. The big mystery is just how some of the color effects and optics are achieved.The compote has a diamond optic pattern that's probably molded in since the glass seems too thin for an air trap design. At first look, the threading appears to be the same color as the body, but from the right angle, you can see that the threading is amber colored, and light through the threading creates to a the coppery sheen that moves as you move the compote. The compote itself with just the diamond optic and rigaree would be a lovely item, but it's loaded with special effects that still avoid being gaudy. It's art glass and a science project all in one. Identifying this item required help from multiple people in multiple groups, and while there are similar threaded items from other companies, these "fully loaded" versions from Stuart/Red House appear to be uncommon at least.
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