This was one of those “I know I’ve seen this…. somewhere” times. It looked familiar but I could not place it.
On this piece it is the stem itself that was key. I remembered seeing three tiers like this from a major elegant glass companies, although not Fostoria or Cambridge. I didn’t recognize the etch.
I went through the Tiffin, Fry, Bryce and Morgantown line drawings in Page and Frederiksen’s stemware guide looking for the stem shape. Then it dawned on me that those three little nubbed tiers are from Duncan Miller.
Sure enough, one of the first Duncan Miller etched patterns, Adoration, has the swags and bows with flower sprays to the side.
The key here is recognizing what design element is unusual, something that can be a clue. It’s often the etch itself, (although given the thousands of etches out there I recognize only a fraction on sight). Sometimes, as with Brooke’s goblet, the shape is the clue.
Here is the book I used. It has line drawings of stem lines from the major elegant companies plus pictures from contemporary makers like Lenox or Atlantis. I recommend it.