This Steuben crystal “Turtle,” designed in 1969 by Paul Schulze, is a rare example of the company's work combining crystal with precious metals and stones.
The shell, formed by solid cut and polished crystal, is supported by a body formed by sterling silver with vermeil, the legs, tail and head with fine naturalistic textural detail. The turtle features eyes of inset emeralds.
This piece was featured by Steuben in a print advertisement for the holiday season in 1969, in which the turtle was described as "a beneficent symbol of perseverence and long life."
Height: 2 ½ inches (6.4 cm)
Length: 5 ½ inches (14 cm)
Mary Jean Madigan, "Steuben Glass: An American Tradition in Crystal” (Harry N, Abrams, New York: 1987) pg. 248