Moser Style Glass Pieces, ca. 1900
They came from an aunt and uncle in Columbia, South Carolina, and they acquired them at an auction in Highland, North Carolina. They went to the auction quite regularly because they had a mountain home up there. The auctioneer knew them, and he asked them if they would bid on it, and that's how they got this set of glass. There are 72 pieces.
And you don't know what they paid?
No, I have no idea.
What we have here is Bohemian, or Austrian, glass called Moser, but we refer to it as Moser style. Unless it's signed, we always use "Moser style." Moser was the glass of kings and the king of glass. They supplied glass to the Austrian courts. They started in about 1857, mid-19th century. I would place an age on these of about turn-of-the-century. You have a finger bowl, an underplate, a Rhine wine, a red wine, a champagne and a liqueur. The gold on here is very, very thick. It's 24-karat gold leafing, and this is a very high luster gold leaf. Every piece is pristine. Do you use them?
No. Never. Never.
I wonder if anybody ever did use them.
I don't think anybody used these.
They're just absolutely perfect. A retail price, you have $1,200 to $1,500 just in these few pieces. Your set of 72 pieces would be in the range of $15,000 to $18,000.
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