Fake Ruby Stained "Souvenir" Glass MugsBy Mark Chervenka
Fake Ruby Stained "Souvenir" Glass Mugs
Small ruby stained glass mugs with souvenir-style messages from important glass companies are in the market. The mugs are 2¼″ tall with a simple arch pattern around the base. One version of the mug reads, "Northwood Glass Co. Tour 1914." A similar mug dated 1902 advertises the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company (Greentown). Both mugs originally came from the Chicago, Illinois area.
James Measell, pattern glass authority and author of books on Greentown glass, says, "No original counterpart to either mug ever existed. This pattern was never made by either Northwood or Greentown."
There are probably more mugs with other lettering from a variety of companies. The technique is similar to a new ruby flashed toothpick holder lettered "Souvenir Vicksburg, Miss. 1905".