Cherry Blossom Individual Berry BowlsBy Mark Chervenka
Cherry Blossom Individual Berry Bowls
New individual-sized 4¾-inch Cherry Blossom pattern berry bowls have been reproduced.
Bottoms of the new bowls have very faint detail; bottoms of originals are very sharp. Scallops in the top rim of new bowls are flat-sided, not gently curved like originals. The glass in the berry bowls is much better than other reproductions. Most new glass has a slippery greasy feeling, but not so with the new berry bowls. The new glass has a slightly orange cast to the color and is slightly heavier than original pieces. The best test of age is to study the molded details shown in the close up photos in this article.
The source of the new bowls has not been confirmed. But don't let anyone tell you these new pieces are made from "worn" or "reworked" molds. These pieces are produced in a new mold made specifically to imitate the original.