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Low priced reproduction Jadite, pale green opaque glass, was mass produced in China and sold through Cracker Barrel restaurants. New American-made Jadite has been in the market for years.
Was this glass fish covered dish ever made before 1940 or are they all reproductions with no old counterpart ever made?
Until recently, the vast majority of new mass produced cut glass has carried geometric patterns. The new bowl shown here is an example of increasing use of realistic patterns.
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A line of new glass from Italy with figural swan bases resembles 19th century American swan pieces.
Joseph Locke was one of Americas most creative glass designers. He patented many of todays most highly prized Victorian art glass including Amberina, Wild Rose (peachblow), Pomona, and Agata and a unique blown molded ware named Maize--whose surface resembles an ear of corn.
By the last quarter of the nineteenth century, most American cities were completing the conversion from gas and oil lighting to lighting powered by electricity. Rather than have a fairly large central oil lamp around which the family gathered, smaller electrical lights could now be placed throughout the house.
This new 10 covered urn, or jar (right), marked Gall has recently been been offered by reproduction wholesalers. This example has a pale amber overlay on a frosted clear glass body. It is signed with an imitation Gall mark in raised glass (see photo below.) Although some vintage Gall from ca. 1880-1930 was made in a similar shape, originals in this shape are scarce and not likely to show up in online auctions or the local flea market.
This blown cranberry example (Fig. 1) is the latest reproduction glass rolling pin to hit the market. It is 14 long, about 2 diameter. Just released in July 2000, examples have already been showing up in on-line auctions. It is made by Pilgrim Glass Company in the United States; wholesale price, $45.
A vase originally made by the Dugan-Diamond Glass Company, ca. 1915-1920s, has been put back in production with the original molds.