Handsome & Heavy Glass Compote c1900

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    The glass in this incredible compote is so thick and so clear it looks as if fresh spring water had been frozen in the flash of a nano-second while in the process of being poured.  Tap the compote with your fingernail to hear a beautiful, lasting ring.  There are no signatures, no markings and no problems.  The compote weighs 8 pounds unpacked and empty.  It stands 8" tall and has a top diameter of 10 3/8".  The base has a diameter of 5 1/4".   I like to have oranges in it, for a lovely, bright still life.  Just in time for your holiday table, you can fill it with chestnuts or chocolates, stone fruit or cherries, pine cones & berries, or whatever you like.

    I suspect this compote may be flint glass. There are 3 criteria which must be met if it's flint glass.  The piece must weigh substantially more than you would have anticipated; the piece must have a lasting, beautiful bell-like chime or ring when tapped.  And the piece actually has to have that "old" feel and look to it.  If all three criteria are not met, you can forget the possibility of flint glass.  This compote has qualities that definitely do meet all three stipulations, and the ring is absolutely the very best. 

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