My grandmother had something very similar but without staples. Stapling glass, I'd never have thought of that.
It seems counterintuitive somehow, punching holes into glass. It has a huge rivet near the base of the handle. I don't even understand how they managed to get their hands into the narrow neck to put it in place.
I never knew one could. And a timely post, as I have just today broken one of my set of wedding cups. Sets are frowned upon in mismatching lifestyle circles nowadays, but I am fond of my wedding set.
One of my sons kicked an imari ware bowl off a table while larking around on the sofa (he was 4 at the time). I made the mistake of trying to Araldite it together with tears streaming down my face. I just wanted to make it unbroken as quickly as possible, but made a complete hash of it.
This was an interesting post on the subject of wedding setshttp://saidosdaconcha.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/servico-bom-special-china-set.html
It's beautiful . Both as an engraved wine jug and as a " striking piece in weathered metal and delicate traced glass " .Of course you had to take it home !
It is still beautifully made and a bargain at that price. As you say, you can appreciate the beauty of the repair too.
So clever! And very worthwhile - such a lovely thing.