This is a stunning hand-cut and heavy hand-blown leaded crystal water carafe. It was made in the late 1800's by the mt. (henry wilde) in new bedford, massachusetts.
This is the wheeler pattern which was made before 1900 during the early american brilliance period of gorgeous cut glass. It is a pattern of diamonds and fronds with a starburst pattern on the bottom.200 tiny decorative notch cuts in the neck of the carafe and there are two bands of three horizontal lines each around its neck. Surprisingly there are no cracks nor chips in this beautiful piece. There are some superficial scratches throughout and water marks on the inside bottom. There is shelf wear on the bottom. There are three tiny pings that are visible with a magnifying glass. The opening is nearly flawless as shown. It is approximately 8 1/4" in height and 6 1/4" in diameter.
One of these carafes in this pattern was donated by the new bedford glass society to the corning museum of glass. A great addition to your crystal or glass collection or fill with perrier water at your next party and set it on the table. A bit of luxury and a nod to the victorian age.