In the late 1960's, legendary Steuben Glass designer James Houston created what proved to be the immensely popular and successful Major Ornamental Design Series. Houston was responsible for the first twelve or so pieces in the series and many others in subsequent years. Steuben Glass assigned a new stock number sequence for these products beginning with #1000 Excalibur and eventually continuing up past #1200 prior to the closing in 2011. Many of the Major Ornamentals include a gold or silver component. The #1000 Excalibur is definitely one of the most recognized iconic pieces ever produced by Steuben Glass. The crystal base is 4 1/2" wide and the total height with the sword in place is 8". Properly signed and in excellent condition.. Please note that the red leather case is not always available.
The 3 3/4" #1001 Golden Butterfly is one of the earliest and least known Major Ornamental Designs. Only appearing in a few seasonal catalogs in the late 1960's and totally omitted from the Madigan history book on Steuben Glass, the James Houston designed piece features an 18K gold Butterfly resting on a Mushroom with trapped air bubbles. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 8" #1002 Trout & Fly remains one of the most recognized James Houston designs. The Trout is rising to strike a Royal Coachman fly sculpted in 18K gold. The hand formed Trout glimmers with bubbles of trapped air. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 7" tall #1004 Unicorn features an 18K gold horn perched atop its forehead. This James Houston Major Ornamental Design does not often appear in the marketplace. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The incomparable James Houston designed most of the early Major Ornamental Design Series pieces in the late 1960's--early 1970's including the extraordinary #1007 Heart & Key. This 3 3/4" romantic piece features an elaborately decorated gold frame that accepts the gold key to your Heart!! Properly signed, in excellent condition and including the original red leather case.
As part of the initial pieces in his Major Ornamental Design Series, James Houston created a set of three Cupolas with each one sporting a different weathervane. The 8" #1008 Cupola with 18K Gold Rooster is one of these very desirable items. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 6" high #1013 Apple of Eden is a tempting James Houston Major Ornamental with an 18K gold serpent lurking around the stem on top of the Apple which has trapped air bubbles. A most alluring design. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1968 and only available from mid-autumn until Christmas Eve, the classic and long discontinued 5 3/4" #1014 Partridge in a Pear Tree remains one of the most famous Major Ornamental Design pieces. The crystal pear is cut open to reveal a core made of 18K gold shaped like a tree bearing 12 pears and holding a golden partridge. In the Old English carol, a partridge in a pear tree was the token of love given on the first day. Properly signed and in excellent condition in the original red leather case.
The 5 1/2" #1016 Crystal & Vermeil Turtle features a cut and polished shell of solid crystal, body of silver and vermeil and eyes set with emeralds. The beneficent symbol of perseverance and long life, the turtle was thought by the early Indians to carry the earth on its back. Properly signed and in excellent condition. Definitely one of the more rare Major Ornamental Designs.
The 7 1/2" tall #1018 Pillar of the Griffins features a three sided crystal pillar supported on an 18K gold frame with a griffin on each angle. Guardians of hidden treasure, vigilant and brave, griffins are the offspring of the lion and the eagle whose nobility they inherit. Properly signed and in excellent condition with original red leather case.
The 6" wide #1022 Ice Bear is one of the three original designs in the famous James Houston Arctic Series. Introduced in the early 1970's, the long discontinued Ice Bear features a sterling silver Polar Bear perched on top of an iceberg. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather case.
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.
Introduced in the early 1970's and only produced for a few years, the extremely rare 5" #1026 Lilies features a crystal egg sliced open to reveal a cluster of gold lilies. Their delicately striated petals are glazed with translucent white enamel. The crystal rests on a slender three-quarter ring of 18K gold. In Semitic legend, lilies sprang from the tears of Eve--in Christian legend they turned white when touched by the Virgin. Symbols of fruitfulness, peace and innocence, they herald new life and new hope. Properly signed, in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case.
IntrIntroduced in the early 1970's, the stunning 7" long #1028 Crystal & Vermeil Snail is one of the finest and most significant Major Ornamental Designs. This magnificent piece includes lapis lazuli tips on each antenna. Only produced for a few years, the C&V Snail remains one of the rarest pieces in the highly successful Major Ornamental Design Series. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Since its introduction in 1973, the 6" #1031 Frog Prince has always been one of the most coveted Steuben Glass Major Ornamental Designs. The whimsical and charming piece features an 18 karat gold crown and floppy feet. 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 with original red leather case.
The extremely rare #1038 Goldbug is one of the most desirable Major Ornamental Designs. Introduced in 1974 and only produced for a short time, this magnificent piece is 4 1/2" long and features a jade stone in the vermeil frame. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 7 1/2" #1122 Carrousel is a unique and fascinating design that appeals to young and old alike. The classic, festive design captures the American tradition of county fairs and pleasure parks. Turn the Carrousel on its rotating base and the three engraved merry-go-round steeds seem to move up and down on the poles--thanks to the prismatic reflections in the glass. Properly signed and in excellent condition with sterling silver flag flying over the big top!!! Red leather case included.
Introduced in 1993, the 8 1/2" wide #1159 bronze Lighthouse is poised at the edge of a rocky peninsula as it lights a sea of glass with a brilliant beacon guiding each vessel to safe harbor. Symbolically, it is a most appropriate gift for the leader or mentor who has served as a beacon in guiding others through life's challenges. Properly signed and in excellent condition. Steuben fitted box--not red case.