Punch Set

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.169

Description:

This is a roughly cubic cardboard box containing a punch set consisting of a large punch bowl, a ladle and 12 cups. The bowl is clear glass, and tapered towards the base and broad towards the top, with a somewhat tapered rim. It is decorated with a moulded fruit pattern depicting apples, cherries and pears etc. Each clear glass cup has a handle, and also features a fruit pattern, depicting apples, a bunch of grapes, etc. The ladle is clear plastic, and quite deep; the handle end of the ladle has been snapped off.

The cups are stored between cardboard dividers at the base of the box. The bowl is stored on top of these, with a folded brown paper bag as a cushion between the two, with the ladle set inside.

Primary Materials: Glass, Plastic

Markings:

On the exterior of the box (original): “26 PIECE
Crystal/Fruit
PUNCH SET
Includes:
8 1/2 Qt. Bowl
12 Cups
12 Cup Hooks
Ladle”

“Jeannette”

“26 Piece
Crystal/Fruit
PUNCH SET
2417-15C”

“The Jeannette Glass Company,
Jeannette, PA, 15644”

Written in pencil on the box: “DDO”

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Length = 31.5, Width = 29, Height = 27.2

Function:

This bowl was likely used for serving punch at events held at the David Dunlap Observatory.

Condition:

Good: The punch bowl and cups are intact. The hooks appear to be missing. The ladle is in poor condition: the plastic is degrading and splitting, and the end has snapped off. The bowl itself does not appear to have been fully cleaned after its last use; there are bits of dirt stuck to the interior of the bowl (although no signs of residue). The cups appear clean.

Manufacturer: The Jeannette Glass Company

Date of Manufacture: Mid 20th Century; Before 1983

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.