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 legendary Steuben Glass designer, James Houston, initiated the important Major Ornamental Design series in the mid-1960's which grew to become one of the most significant collections in the history of the company. One of his signature pieces was the iconic #1002 Trout & Fly which features the 8" Trout with trapped air bubbles arching upward toward a Royal Coachman 18 karat gold fly. Properly signed, in excellent condition and including the original red leather case.
The 4" high #1006 Mouse & Cheese is a whimsical James Houston design featuring an 18K gold cast mouse perched eagerly on a wedge of crystal cheese. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather case.
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.
Introduced in 1968 and only available from mid-autumn until Christmas Eve, the classic and long discontinued 5 3/4" 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.
Introduced in 1972 and designed by Lloyd Atkins, the truly extraordinary 7" wide #1030 Crystal & Silver Crab only appeared in one annual catalogue---confirming its rarity and desirability as one of the all time best Major Ornamental Designs. The short life span of this magical piece make it a must have item for any significant collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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.