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Thumb glass: C.235 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Glasshouse: Unknown (Probably)




Pale green glass drinking barrel and cover (Daumenglas), with six 'cups' in the sides, three milled trails at the top, and three at the bottom.

Pale blown green glass, with six indented 'cups' in the sides (thumb holes, arranged with two above four), and three milled horizontal threads above and below them. The jar is barrel-shaped, with a kick in the base, and has a slightly domed cover with a solid acorn-shaped knob.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchlor, St Andrew's Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.8 cm
Width: 16.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Second half of 17th century
Circa 1650 CE - Before 1699 CE


The thumb holes were made to give a firm grip on the glass which would be heavy when full of liquid.

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Components of the work


Materials used in production

pale green Glass

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.235 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 206960
Old loan number: AAL.265 & A-2016
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 3 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 4 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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