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See punty.

[French, possibly from Italian puntello, diminutive of punto, point, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]


(Ceramics) a less common word for punty
[C19: from French, apparently from Italian puntello; see punty]
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The best, and earliest, are blown freehand in clear glass with heavy base, and pontil marks either ground out or left rough where the finished glass was snapped off the glass pontil rod from which the piece was made.
A pontil is a metal rod used in the process of what?
Pontil et al, describes support vector machine for 3-D object recognition from the available detected objects.
You would expect at this date the base to be either ground at or to have a wide and shallow ground pontil mark, as this decanter does - later on this mark becomes smaller.
Rough pontil or punty marks, sometimes ground smooth, on the underside of the foot of a glass confirms it was hand-blown (usually anyway).
Each gather of molten glass is carried from tank to glory hole, where it is formed "at the fire" with blowpipes, pontil rods, shears, calipers and other tools little changed over centuries.
Other liturgical texts include a passage from the Credo of the Mass ending the fourth movement when Christ is condemned, "Cruxifixus etiam pro nobis; sub Pontil Pilato passus et sepultus est," ("He was crucified for us; He suffered under Pontius Pilate and was buried").
The plate at the bottom of the stack invariably shows evidence inside the footring of having been fired on a ceramic pontil, or tubular support.
Drinking Glasses: To discover the age of a drinking glass look at the pontil mark.
Pontil Minerex of Accra, Ghana conducted the drilling and assays were done by SGS of Tarkwa, Ghana.
Genuine Loetz is always well made, often with a ground and polished pontil mark to the base, as here.