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Title: World pattern (AKA Terrestrial Globe pattern)
Name: Butter Dish
Date: 1876
Medium: Clear, non-flint glass.
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 8 in. (24.8 x 20.3 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Iowa State Questers. In the Iowa Quester Glass Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2007.194ab
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The World butter dish is in the shape of a world's globe, with significant detailing of the continents on earth, including named land masses and oceans and marked longitude and latitude lines. The finial is in the shape of Columbia's head. The goddess Columbia is often identified as a symbol of new world exploration and freedom of our nation.

Only nine of this object were known to exist in 1990, and it is one of the most highly sought examples of Early American Pattern Glass. Other examples are in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY and the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH.