Searching for Glass
During the 1970-1980s Murano, Italy, was one of the leading suppliers of reproduction Victorian art glass. Mother of pearl glassware, commonly called MOP, was one of the 19th century decorative techniques the Italians copied.
At least one restoration catalog source is offering glass door knobs closely resembling Depression-era originals. The 1 diameter knobs are sold in Jadite (opaque pale green), transparent apple green, transparent blue (peacock blue) and Delphite (opaque pale blue) and milk glass, and clear. Glass bridge-style door handles averaged about 4 across and were available in the same colors as the knobs but also included opaque black, ruby red and cobalt blue.
A clear crystal coaster is the latest piece of the Iris pattern to be reproduced. Original Iris was made by the Jeanette Glass Company. The original factory name was Iris but it is now commonly called Iris and Herringbone.
Dugan Glass first made Lattice Daisy about 1915. Originals are mostly known in carnival but were also available in non-iridized finishes.
Original Candlewick was one of Imperial Glass Corporation's most popular and longest selling patterns. It was introduced in 1936 and continued to be made until Imperial closed in 1984.
Dalzell Viking Glass Co. has put certain original molds of Imperial Candlewick back in production. The company is now making a five piece table setting which includes a 10 dinner plate, 8 salad plate, 6 bread plate and a butter plate, cup and saucer. The pieces are made in crystal and colors which include forest green, cobalt blue and ruby red. Sets retail for $75-$95. Other sizes of plates are also produced privately for Gumps of San Francisco with frosted finishes on their backs.
At a recent auction, a genuinely old kitchen hanging lamp was sold with a new 14 cranberry hobnail domed shade. The buyer was shocked to learn a week later that the shade was new. Many persons mistakenly believe cranberry shades are not reproduced.
Shortly after the September, 2001 issue of ACRN which featured new and old art glass shades went to press, we ran across a set of four glass shades with forged acid-stamped Handel markings. Although the shades were indeed old, estimated ca. 1900-1920s, the acid marks were applied within the last 5-10 years.
Several lines of new art glass from overseas were introduced in mid-2001 that could be confused with highly sought vintage American-made art glass such as Steuben, Libbey, Nash, Cambridge and other well known makers.
A faked glass paperweight represented as a souvenir of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commonly known as the St. Louis Worlds Fair, has appeared in the market. The example ACRN examined was deep amber glass, about 3 in diameter. A raised image of North and South America is molded on a slightly domed top along with raised molded lettering, St. Louis Worlds Fair, 1904 (see illustration below).