Searching for Glass
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.
The Grape Delight pattern was made originally by Dugan Glass. In 1975, a nut bowl and a covered butter were reproduced by Mosser glass in Grape Delight. New colors were amber and ice blue.
adapted for ACRN from Perfume Bottle Quarterlyoriginal research and text by Madeleine France Donna Sims
These 3-D busts of frosted glass are almost always seen offered as Lalique-type or attributed to some other pre-WWII French glass company. ACRN recently traced the figures to an early 1970s brochure of AA Importing Co., an American antique reproduction wholesaler.
Original Madrid pattern depression glass was made by Federal Glass Company and produced from 1932 to 1939. In 1976 Federal changed the pattern name to Recollection and began making new pieces from new molds. The first new pieces of Recollection were easily identified because pieces were dated in the mold with the year 1976. But then Federal went bankrupt and the molds were sold to Indiana Glass who removed the date from the molds. There have been problems separating old from new ever since.
A Midwest glass wholesaler has recently added two childsize glass water sets featuring Hopalong Cassidy and Tom Mix. The sets are cobalt blue glass with white enamellike portraits and facsimile signatures. Pitchers are 4 tall; tumblers are 2; 5 piece set, $18.
Between the world wars, the glass industry in Czechoslovakia flourished. One of the types of glass developed there in those years was a slag-type opaque green colored ware now commonly called "Malachite" or "Jade", "Green Agate" or "green slag".
Reproductions of the Adam pattern butter dish first appeared 1981. The pieces were made in Korea and sold in the United States by antique reproduction wholesalers. Colors offered were pink and green. There are several features to check to determine age.