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Fly Trap with Stopper
1875-1900
Original Owner:Originally owned by the Chase family , American
Original Owner:Possibly originally owned by George Marcus Chase , American, 1819 - 1891
Maker:Made by Unknown
Free-blown colorless non-lead glass
Primary Dimensions (height including stopper x diameter): 8 1/2 x 6in. (21.6 x 15.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara Hancock Chase Mayer in memory of her father, Harry Hancock Chase
Description: Free-blown colorless glass fly trap and stopper. The fly trap (.b) has a ring at the rim with a ground top edge, a short cylindrical neck, and a globular body that sits on three tooled feet. The bottom of the fly trap curves up inside the body and forms a plain, round rim surrounded by a ring-shaped trough. The fly trap is accompanied by a pressed stopper (.a). The stopper consists of a spherical finial over a disc, above a cylindrical portion that fits loosely into the neck of the fly trap.
Usage Note: Alcohol, water, sugar, or honey (or some combination of the above) was placed in the trough inside the fly trap. The insects would fly to the liquid and be caught inside the glass. (Hunt 4/6/2005)
Object Number: 1986.86.14a,b
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