vintage rum pot booze pot decanter carafe pink glass silver deposit overlay thistle motif

Item #49-08

RARE "booze pot" / "rum pot"
Tea Kettle Style DECANTER
Pink Glass with Sterling Silver Deposit Overlay


  • vintage blown glass 'tea kettle style' "booze pot" or "rum pot" decanter with applied handle and stopper; appears to be made by Cambridge Glass in their Peach-Blo pink transparent glass color; and decorated in sterling silver overlay thistle and leaves pattern motif by the National Silver Deposit Ware Co., NY, NY
  • SILVER OVERLAY DECORATION / SILVER DEPOSIT INFORMATION: The National Silver Deposit Ware Co., Inc. was located at 179-181-183 Wooster Street (near Bleecker St.) in New York City ... "Silver has been used to decorate bronze, copper, and earthenware for ages. Silver on glass, however, started to come into its own a little over a century ago. In 1889 Oscar Pierre Erard of Birmingham, England developed an effective method of electroplating silver on glass and porcelain. Although beautiful on the outside, it shared an important shortcoming with its predecessors. The reverse side of the silver design, the side next to the glass would tarnish and turn dark. In clear plates, bowls, dishes and glasses this unsightly result was hardly conducive to a hearty appetite.

    In 1893, an American from New Jersey by the name of John H. Scharling patented a method no less simple or beautiful than Erard's creation, but with a distinct advantage. The reverse side of the design was snow white and it stayed that way indefinitely. Like Erard's method, Sharling's designs utilized electroplating. He shared his new process with all, both domestic and European. By 1895, the Czechs, Italians, French, English and Austrians were producing exciting glassware with sterling deposit and overlay. Not to be outdone, US makers began producing copiously.

    From 1895 to the late 1920s, this elegant and exciting manifestation of the glassmaker and silversmith’s art garnered its own avid following, just short of becoming a decorative rage. Silver overlay and silver deposit were regarded as an exquisite, special gift or accent for that certain table or shelf. A few nice pieces of overlay were as evident in the genteel home as a piano in those days of refined, yet simple pleasures. The Great Depression caused many of the glass companies to either go out of business or resort to specializing in cheaper, more affordable glassware. The era of expensive sterling silver applied to glass was all but over and not may pieces can be found that were manufactured after the mid-1930s." (ref:

  • approx. OA size: 6˝"DIA x 6"H
  • c. 1930
  • silver maker's mark: silver decoration is impressed "STERLING" and paper sticker, blue/silver, reads: "Sterling Silver Rhodiant Finish Non-Tarnishable National Silver Deposit Ware Co., NY"
  • glass condition: negligible signs of light vintage wear ... with the exception of the stopper (see image) there are no chips ... no flakes ... no cracks ... no scratches ... no nicks ... light shelf wear ... overall even coloration ... stands straight ... shiny and clean

    silver condition: excellent, with negligible flaking / silver loss

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