Vintage Footed Crystal Dessert Bowl with Spoon Rest Base
Fine footed lead crystal footed dessert bowl with a built-in spoon rest base in a stacked diamond pattern somewhat reminiscent of Thomas Webb's Dennis Diamonds or Waterford's Adare or Kinsale patterns. My original thought was that this was a condiment server, so I'm sure its diversity would serve your table well.
The bowl is a great size, nice and deep, with an outer rim diameter of 4 inch and a bowl depth of 2 inch; base-to-rim height is 3-1/2 inch. There is a nice, cut 16-point star burst-type pattern that spans the underside of the base and a pie crust-type finish to the rim of both the bowl and the base. In excellent condition, with no nicks, chips, or cracks.
I fully expected to see an etched maker's mark, but alas this lovely piece is unsigned, with the maker unknown and its original, intended function somewhat of a mind-twister for a number of my antique-dealer friends. In a size and style that lends itself to versatile use, possibilities ranged from sherbet (given the ability to rest a spoon on the lipped base), shrimp cocktail (ultimately ruled out; the base is not really deep enough for ice), to a small compote for serving nuts, sweets, or other small finger foods. The general consensus was that it was a serving dish of some sort, with a no-fuss, no-muss place to rest a spoon.