Gettysburg Souvenir Ruby Flash Cup - Features clear glass bottom with ruby red flash top. "Souvenir of Gettysburg, PA" is etched in gold on the ruby flash. Measures approximately 3 5/8". Ca. 1920.
Ruby-stain or Ruby-flash glassware became popular in 1890 and continued at least into the 1930s. It was a process of creating pressed glass to look like the more expensive “cut glass” and then adding the rich red color. These unique and beautiful pieces were common souvenir gifts that were sold in Gettysburg at the turn of the century. They were very popular with returning Civil War veterans; perhaps they added a softer side to the tragedies of the battlefield. Very nice early ruby flash souvenir.
Inventory Number: GSO 061