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Cherry Blossom Double Handled Tray

The original Cherry Blossom pattern was made by Jeannette Glass Company between 1930 and 1939. Original production colors include pink, green, opaque blue (Delphite), clear crystal, opaque green (Jadite) and red.

Tiffany Glass Tiles

A Midwestern glass house is selling a line of Tiffanystyled iridescent glass tiles under the registered name "Tile Glas". The new tiles were recently tested and meet or exceed minimum requirements of the Tile Council of America (TCA) which is a trade council for the tile industry. As the test reports and product information spread to architects and homeowners, the tiles have the potential to begin showing up anywhere. In this article we'll discuss how original Tiffany tiles were made and differences between new and old.

Croesus pattern toothpick

Croesus pattern glass was developed in Wellsville, West Virginia by the Riverside Glass Works around 1897. The pattern consists of fans and scrollwork bordered by a crosshatching. Around 1901, production of the pattern moved to Jeanette, Pennsylvania.

Boston Baked Bean Vaseline Toothpick Holder

This new 2 1/2 x 3 toothpick holder is made with uranium oxide. It glows bright yellowgreen under long wave black light just like Victorianera original vaseline glass. Contrary to popular opinion, uranium is neither too expensive nor too difficult to use in presentday production. The new piece shown here costs only $5 wholesale.

Tiffany-style Scarabs - Lamps, Jewels, Paperweights

Scarab beetles have been a symbol of good fortune and long life since the time of ancient Egypt. The use of scarabs, dragonflies and other insects was revived during the Art Nouveau period which took its subjects and themes from nature. All the important designers of Art Nouveau glass--such as Emile Galle, Rene Lalique and Louis C. Tiffany - used insects in their work but Tiffany's three dimensional iridescent glass scarabs are probably the most well known. Look-alike Tiffany scarabs are now on the market.

Nuked or Irradiated Fruit Jars

For quite some time now, there has been a growing controversy within the hobby because of the appearance of jars which have been irradiated to color enhance the glass. That is, these jars are ARTIFICIALLY TREATED to obtain their color. Usually seen in an extremely dark purple (when manganese was used as a decolorizer in the original glass batch) and a smoky, brownish amber color, (when Selenium was used as a decolorizer) these jars are usually just common old jars which someone has treated to increase the price. The jars are indeed old, but they were originally just clear, common examples. Some may argue that this process is NOT artificial, because the turning of the glass would happen over years of time if exposed to the sun. This is NOT true, because exposure to the sun does not contain the energy needed to produce these ultra dark colors of irradiated examples.

Lightning-Type Reproduction Fruit Jars

There are several reproduction Trademark Lightning fruit jars available today that are often sold as authentic. Right now, the reproductions are only known in two sizes, 1/2 pints and quarts.

Confusing Paperweights

Several paperweights were recently found with names of famous 19th century glass companies embedded in the glass. The names Tiffany, Sandwich and Dorflinger (shown here)are formed in script from copper wire. Although collectible for their own merits, these weights do not date from the periods those companies were in production. Zimmerman Art Glass, Kerry, Bart, KZ, BZ,

Vases with Lizards Marked Galle and Daum Nancy

New glass vases with lizards made in the Art Nouveau style are being found marked Galle and Daum Nancy. A single lizard figure is entwined as if climbing around the neck of the vase.

New Eyewinker in Blue Opalescent

New pieces of Eyewinker pattern glass are now being sold in blue opalescent and green opalescent. Blue opalescent is available in the 6-inch three-footed shape shown here and a quart-size pitcher with tumblers. The green opalescent is also sold in the three-legged shape.