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Celery Vase
1880s

Serving a status food
Just over nine inches tall, this three-face, pressed glass celery vase is adorned with a needle-etched decorative band. Because it required precise hothouse conditions, the Victorians considered celery a status food, and special vases like this one were used for presenting the raw stalks at the table until about 1890. After 1890, long flat dishes began to replace the tall celery vases, and eventually celery lost its prestige as less expensive varieties appeared on the market. An 1891 "Ladies' Home Journal" article gives housewives the low-down on celery: "Celery should be scraped and washed and then put in iced water, to be made crisp, at least an hour before it goes on the table. It is now served in long, flat glass dishes. It should be put on the table with the meat and other vegetables, and is to be removed before the dessert is served."

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Manufactured by George Duncan & Sons, Pittsburgh, PA
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