Consolidated and Phoenix Glass Reproduced from Original MoldsBy Mark Chervenka
Consolidated and Phoenix Glass Reproduced from Original Molds
Reproductions of Consolidated glass Martele (pronounced Mar-te-lay) line vases were in production starting in 1991. Two of the first pieces were Consolidated's Dancing Girls vase in a frosted cobalt blue glass and a cobalt blue Chrysanthemum pattern 12" vase.
The Chrysanthemum vase was marked with an oval paper label with a black background and silver printing that read:
On October 20, 1992, Bob Hodges of Sinclair Glass Company in Hartford, Indiana, who, at the time, owned Consolidated's original molds, confirmed that Sinclair Glass Company had used original Consolidated molds to produce a number of Martele vases in cobalt blue and frosted crystal. The anniversary date on the new label was arrived at by subtracting the original year of Martele's introduction, 1926, from the year of production--1991; thus the "65th" anniversary designation.
The actual production work was done by Variety Glass Company in Cambridge, Ohio. Tom Mosser, who ran Variety Glass at the time, said the new pieces were made in very small quantities--50 pieces or less per item. The following vases, listed with their original consolidated pattern numbers, were all made circa 1991.
2785- Dragon Fly
2843- Dancing Girls
3098 1/2 Dancing Nymph 8" bowl (cobalt only)
Sinclair Glass had used the Consolidated molds in the past, but the work was never as fine as the Consolidated originals. Previous copies had a rough finished top edge that lacked the normal polishing and the 45 degree bevel (chamfering) found on Consolidated originals. However, the new Dancing Girls vase does have a polished and beveled top just like an original.
Tom Mosser also said that Variety glass made one 8" bowl, the #3098 1/2 Dancing Nymph. This was produced in cobalt blue only and was made with a crimped top. It is uncertain whether this bowl was ever sold because of problems with the quality. Due to the uncertainty, collectors and dealers should be wary of Dancing Nymph items in odd colors such as cobalt blue, amethyst and amberina.
In September, 1992, Pilgrim Glass Corporation in Huntington, West Virginia purchased the following original Consolidated/Phoenix molds from Sinclair Glass:
2550 Le Fleur
2654 "Insect" vase
2758 Sea Gulls
2785 Dragon Fly
2843 Dancing Girls
700 Line 700, 6 1/2" vase
701 Line 700, 10" vase
2547 Bird of Paradise
2551 Iris (floral) flared bowl
2556 Iris (floral) 7" plate
2590 Tropical Fish 10" tray
2599 Tropical Fish 6" comport
2695 Olive 4" vase
2746 Olive 8" bowl
2780 Swallows 9" bowl
3095 Dancing Nymph 6" plate
3096 Dancing Nymphs 8 1/4" plate
3097 Dancing Nymph 10" plate
3098 Dancing Nymph 4 1/2" bowl
3099 Dancing Nymph cup
Alfred Knobler, head of the Pilgrim firm, said all the new pieces made from Consolidated molds would carry an etched "Pilgrim Glass" signature. Knobler said a line of new glassware based on the Consolidated molds was to be available starting in June, 1993.
Sinclair Glass has not sold all their Consolidated molds. They still own at least some of the Santa Maria pattern molds and many of the early lamp shade molds including Baby Face, Lion, Grape Freize, Flame and others.
from information by Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson is the author of the book Phoenix & Consolidated Art Glass 1926-1980. The above information, first appeared in Jack's newsletter, Phoenix & Consolidated Glass Collectors News & Views.