If you know quality, you know Steuben. Based in New York for over a century, Steuben believed that no matter how advanced technology became, the things we cherish most are those made by hand. In 1933, Steuben created a prismatic crystal formula that could capture, reflect, and refract light unlike anything else in the world. In 1940, it began the tradition of collaborating with contemporary artists to create beautiful objects that added pleasure to living and commemorate the passage of time. Exquisitely sculpted, delicately balanced, and flawless by design, Steuben crystal was crafted by accomplished artisans, polished to a brilliant gleam, and inspected with exceptional thought and care. It became the perfect accompaniment to a meaningful gathering and equally suited to an impromptu dinner party at home.
Steuben's catalog states they "...are a small company which strives to make the finest lead glass objects in the world. Our crystal has not the slightest hint of color, is free of flaws, is nearly one-third lead, and has a very high refractive index. Steuben glass is measured, not in pounds or ounces, but in seconds of pouring time. Steuben is the only major glass maker which never resorts to acid polishing. Steuben's hand finishing produces Steuben's characteristic brilliant surfaces. Thus, every Steuben piece is handmade from beginning to end by a slow painstaking craft system which ensures objects of the highest quality."
We have been asked to help dispose of a large collection of Steuben Glass by a nice lady in her late 80's who has collected Steuben pieces for over 30 years; unfortunately her only child has no interest in them and she would prefer that they go to someone who would appreciate the quality of her Steuben pieces. We have included some group photos to show what other items will be offered to the highest bidder. Please check out our other auctions for those additional Steuben collectibles!!! We have included several photos of the item in different settings because of the difficulty in photographing clear objects.
This auction is for the Steuben Pig Hand Cooler. The lady selling it is the original owner and it has enjoyed a charmed life in a place of prominence in her bookcase. It is in mint condition and have no flaws - buy with confidence.
Steuben item number 5522, length 3 inches, designed by Lloyd Atkins. It weighs in at 7.9 ounces which is a little heavier than other hand coolers (wouldn't you expect that from a pig?). It was first issued by Steuben in 1998. Now that Steuben has closed, there will never be another made. This item was listed for $325 however it did not sell so we are changing it to a NO RESERVE auction; high bidder wins!
For those unfamiliar with the term, "Hand Coolers" can be traced by to the 19th century and the American Victorian Era. This small, cool, egg-shaped item originally made of porcelain, marble, glass or crystal and just slightly smaller than an actual egg would be nestled in the palms of Victorian ladies to ward off the possibility of the social humiliation of a wet, warm handshake. Since extending one's hand was the common gesture for the invitation to dance, hand coolers became invaluable as during that time it was unacceptable for ladies to have hot, sweaty hands. In France during this time period, it was expected that a ladies' hand would be cool and dry when kissed in greeting by an admiring male. This simple fact was made all the more problematic by the fact that women wore layers upon layers of clothing as part of the Victorian Fashion, trapping in body heat. One means of dealing with the social indignity was the hand cooler. It was also believed that cooling one's hands would help ward off disease and prevent the common issue of fainting from wearing all those heavy clothes.
As you may know, Steuben went out of business in March 2012 after 109 years in business and this item will never be made again.
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