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Daisy & Button toothpick

Daisy and Button (DB) is one of the most popular patterns in pressed glass ever made. The basic pattern is made up of eight-sided buttons which surround geometrically stylized flowers. The pattern was so popular that some variation of DB was made by almost every major Victorian era glass company.

The original example shown above in Fig. 2 was made by Hobbs, Brockunier & Company of Wheeling, West Virginia. Their version of DB was named simply "Pattern 101" in company catalogs (Fig. 3). Original colors included blue, green, yellow, crystal and amberina (ruby to amber).

New versions of this original toothpick have been made for L. G. Wright and others by several American glass companies. New pieces have been made in a wide variety of transparent colors as well as opaque colors and iridized finishes. One of the most confusing new colors is vaseline opalescent (Fig. 1). This new vaseline piece was made with uranium oxide and fluoresces under long wave black light.

The best way to judge age is to look at the scallops on the bottom rim and at the feet. In the old, the scallops are relatively small and extend slightly over 1/8". Scallops in the new toothpick holder are more than twice as large and extend over 1/2". The feet are also different on new and old. In the old, only one point of a daisy goes down into each foot. On the new, almost an entire bottom half of a daisy extends into the feet.

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Fig. 1 New vaseline opalescent toothpick holder. Note larger scallop on bottom rim and the pattern on the foot.

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Fig. 2 Old amberina toothpick holder in Daisy and Button. Note smaller scallop and reduced pattern on the foot.

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Fig. 3 Page from original Hobbs, Brocknier & Co. catalog. Their Daisy & Button was originally named Pattern 101.

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