8 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 14 7/8 H Rectangular Glass Dome
BSA 248 Rectangular Glass Dome
A Rectangular glass dome can be found in antique stores. Sometimes you find a store that has several and others who are afraid of their fragile nature and refuse to carry them. The ones who think they are fragile are willing to give a good discount just to get rid of them.
Many of the movies produced today have glass domes and antique clocks as furniture display items in the background. Once you appreciate their quality your eye will catch them in the movie.
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Rectangular glass domes were frequently used to cover clocks and other items. They are more difficult to make and are hard to find. These are frequently sold with a footed marble base with either a raised center for the dome to fit over or a groove for the dome to sit in. Sometime the raised center is wood and is covered with velvet for a very pleasing appearance.
Victorian Antique Oval Glass Domes were very popular in Europe and often used in the wedding ceremony. A glass dome covered a display called a ‘du marriage’ which held a pin cushion, mirrors and baby pictures of the bride and groom. Money and notes were pined to the cushion for the bride and groom. The du marriage display was stapled to a base and covered with the oval glass dome.
Victorian Antique Oval Glass Domes were found in almost all the mansions and state houses and were often used to cover taxidermy birds and animals. These domes with the birds and animals can be found throughout Europe.