Introduced in 1971 and designed by James Houston, the #0101 Grouse Grove is 8 1/2" wide and features a pair of copper wheel engraved game birds on a glass form of a tree. Limited edition of only 25. Properly signed and in excellent condition including the original red leather case.
Designed in 1973 by James Houston and only available for a few years, the 10" wide and 6" high #0153 Snipe Bowl features a rim cut in an undulating contour--engraved with a wisp of snipe flying over wind-whipped reeds in an endless whirl. Native to the coastal regions of both old and new worlds, the snipe is among the most graceful and fastest of game birds. Properly signed and in excellent condition with original red leather case.
The 8 1/2" wide #0241 Raccoon is another superb James Houston design from 1978. This appealing piece is a blown crystal roundel with a wide polished rim---copper wheel engraved on the back with a Raccoon waiting alertly on a bare branch. In the background, snow is falling. The raccoon's shining eyes are cut. Its mask, tail rings and other furry markings are suggested by varying degrees of polish. The tree branch curves around both sides of the form--multiplying when seen through the rim. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1979 as a companion piece to his #0241 Raccoon, the 8 1/2" wide #0262 Beaver is a James Houston limited edition of 20. This outstanding design features a crystal roundel--copper wheel engraved on the back with a beaver poised on a dam of sticks. Preparing to enlarge its construction project, the beaver gnaws on a tree branch. Its small, rounded ears are pricked, its eyes vigilant. A characteristic flat tail is partly submerged in a stream. Properly signed, in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case.
Introduced in 1980 and designed by the incomparable James Houston, the 7 1/2" #0272 Blue Whale is a solid crystal form cut to represent an iceberg, copper wheel engraved on the back with a Blue Whale which seems to disport itself within the Arctic Sea. A trail of bubbles rises from its blowhole. The Blue Whale, a creature of gigantic grace, is now almost extinct. It is the largest animal ever to exist on earth, usually weighing at maturity two or three times more than the largest dinosaur. Its tongue alone may weigh as much as an elephant and its voice can carry under water a hundred miles. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1982 and designed by the legendary James Houston, the #0328 Kingfisher is a solid crystal form engraved by copper wheel on the back with the artist's interpretation of a young, female Belted Kingfisher perched on a bare branch over a stream, its eye trained on two small fish swimming below. The watchful bird is poised to make its characteristic headlong dive into the water in pursuit of a meal. With its tufted crown, sharp beak and feathered markings, this eager and persistent fisherman is portrayed to display the engraver's skill. A shallow, cut depression on the front of the crystal form provides an illusion of the surface of the stream. Three concave cuts on the underside give the appearance of stones on the streambed. Limited to an edition of 50. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Designed by James Houston in 1983, the 8 3/4" #0343 Sea Sword is a limited edition of 50. The solid crystal form is cut to suggest waves of the sea--copper wheel engraved on the back is a giant swordfish rising to its prey of tiny fish. Reflections of the swordfish may be seen through the cut facets of the form. The swordfish has been called the greatest of all American big game fish and the most difficult to land. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Designed in 1991 by the incomparable James Houston, the #0498 Sailfish Rising is a limited edition piece and is a fitting tribute to this awe-inspiring creature. The 7 1/2" high sculpture is a forceful depiction of the thrilling power mobilized by a Sailfish as it breaks the water. The giant fish is composed of intricately-detailed sterling above the water and of meticulous copper wheel engraving below. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Designed by the legendary James Houston and introduced in 1997, the 8 1/2" wide #0516 Diver's Paradise was a limited edition of 100. Since this appealing design only appeared in several annual catalogues, this wonderful underwater treasure must have sold out quickly. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the early 1970's, James Houston introduced the first three designs in his famous and popular Arctic Series. The 6 1/2" high #1023 Arctic Fisherman is the most recognized form in the seven piece Arctic Series and was produced until the end of the company. A sterling silver eskimo readies his spear to catch the copper wheel engraved fish on the back panel. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the early 1970's, James Houston designed the first three pieces for his famous Steuben Glass Arctic Series. The long discontinued #1033 Ice Hunter was one of these original items. Featuring a sterling silver Eskimo paddling a kayak through the arc of an iceberg, the Ice Hunter remains one of the most treasured Houston Major Ornamental Designs. Properly signed and in excellent condition.