Searching for Glass
L.E. Smith is reissuing a covered hen clear glass egg server. So far only the clear has been documented but other colors may be produced. ACRN bought the sample shown here for $38. The first version was issued in the mid to late 1950s. Original colors are unknown.
Original Candlewick molds are being used to make a new three piece set of nesting vaseline glass bowls (see photo at right). The new bowls are 5, 6 and 7 square. Original Imperial Glass Candlewick shape numbers are respectively 400-231, 400-232, and 400-233. Wholesale price for the three piece set is $34.
The large glass Buddha figure originally made by the Cambridge Glass Company in the 1920s is now being reproduced. One of the reproduction pieces was shown during an information session at the National Cambridge Collectors Association annual auction. The new piece shown was transparent greenish yellow in color. Another Buddha reproduction has been confirmed in transparent blue.
A reproduction of the classic McKee split rib base is now out in the market with the new script McKee mark. Thirty five new bases were offered through an Internet auction beginning April 22, 199 for a minimum bid of $50 each. The auction closed on April 23 with no bids received.
A subscriber recently wrote inquiring about a molded mark of a V in a circle on a piece of Greentown Holly pattern glass. The writer correctly identified the glass as new but mistook the mark for Viking.
A subscriber found this epergne with baskets at an auction house in Charlotte, North Carolina. The piece aroused suspicion because the glass seemed too heavy and the red areas had too much purple. When an auction house employee was questioned about the piece, our subscriber was told it was a reproduction. This fact, however, was not mentioned when the epergne was offered for sale. It was bought back in at $400.
During the 1930s, McKee Glass Company of Jeanette, Pennsylvania produced a series of glass drinking vessels with female nudes. Over the years, there have been a number of reproductions and look-alike. This article will show you how to detect the fakes and pretenders.
Another shot has just been fired in the growing assault on Nippon ceramics. A new wreath mark has just come into use which has the closest resemblance yet to an authentic wreath mark. Although its applied as a decal, this latest new mark has a loose hand-painted appearance. The wreath is also egg-shaped. An original wreath mark, also applied as a decal, has quite sharp lines that appear machine printed. This is especially true in the word NIPPON; the old having crisp sharp lines, the new having irregular lines.
Glass has been found with forged Durand marks acid stamped in block-style lettering (Fig. 2). Both pieces were new glass with blue iridescent finishes; one a blue fanshaped vase, the other a jack-in-pulpit style piece. Both pieces had rough pontils. Original Durand was never marked with acid stamps and has polished pontils. Most early pieces were marked with a paper label only. Later, Durand was engraved in script by itself or appeared over a large V.
The Coca-Cola Company logo is one of the most recognizable trademarks in the world. Officially licensed to manufacturers around the world, the distinctive script logo decorates items of virtually every shape and design. Such items are found in swank gift shops to television shopping networks and from flea markets to cyberspace. With millions of such new collectors items being sold, some are bound to enter the traditional antiques and collectibles marketplace.