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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.