Searching for Glass
Never heard of Old Sleepy Eye pattern glass? Well, here's a picture of the mold in which the glass was made. But none of the clear glass made in this mold is old. The mold was made sometime in 1972 and used to produce three pieces of clear glass with an embossed portrait of Old Sleepy Eye. The three shapes made were a mold blown 5-inch jar and two pressed pieces (Fig. 4), a 2-inch flat top paperweight and a 4-inch tall, 3-inch dia. tumbler.
Defining reproduction, replica and vintage glass is a challenge in itself. Identifying it is even more difficult. We use the term replica to describe glass that is a copy of an older design, with no intent to deceive the buyerusually there is some small difference between them. But an uninformed or dishonest seller can pass replicas off as vintage. As Ronald Reagan used to say: Trust, but verify.
In late September 2002, Green Valley Auctions, sold a Three Face biscuit jar for $4,300. Reproductions of the jar have been widely available for $40-$75 for over 25 years. Will the widespread publicity of the recent record price increase the number of new jars being offered as old?
Art glass shade update
Two new cruets in jadite are now in the market. The largest size, 6 to top of clear glass stopper, is shown here. A similar 5 jadite cruet with clear glass stopper is also available.
A series of new marbles printed with the names of collectibles arms and sporting good manufacturers is now available. ACRN purchased samples printed with the following names: Colt, Winchester, Remington, Weatherby, Savage Arms, Marlin, Daisy and Buck Knives. There may be others as well.
Reproduction cameo glass marked Galle has been in the market since at least 1993. Until recently, it was thought that Galle was the only significant mark appearing on cameo reproductions.
Ross Wholesale Glass has recently used a bulls head mustard jar mold made for LG Wright to produce the jar in vaseline glass. New jars are available in either regular or satin finish; wholesale price $13.50-$15.50. L G Wright, L E Smith, Atterbury
In the 250+ years since Caspar Wistar started the first successful American glass factory in the city of Alloway, the state of New Jersey has been home to over two hundred glasshouses. Many of the names associated with these glasshouses are familiar to collectors of South Jersey glass: the Whitneys of Glassboro, Coffin & Hay of Hammonton and Winslow, and Victor Durand of Vineland, to name a few.