Searching for Glass
As reported earlier, Gillinder Brothers Inc. glass company has reissued their figural glass Buddhas. The first reissues were only in cobalt blue; now emerald green is being made and other colors are planned.
A national mail-order catalog is now selling a new version of an Art Deco classic, the figural glass Saturn lamp. This design was originally introduced at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933. Both originals and the reproductions are made of matte finish glass with air brushed designs of crescents and stars on the top half of the planet. Original hardware, such as the finial, and base-to-shade connector, is virtually always nickle plated brass. These parts on new lamps are shiny brass. New lamps are only offered with blue designs on pink glass and blue designs on clear glass. Retail price of new lamps once went for around, $79. Height of both new and old about 11.
Kugel is the name of heavy glass Christmas ornaments that were made in Germany from as early as 1840 to the early 1900s. Although the word kugel means round ball in German, original kugels were also made in the shape of grapes, apples, pears, pine cones, berries, tear drops and balls with melon-style ribs.
When forgeries of million dollar fine art are uncovered, the general media run banner headlines and bombard us with video of grim experts with shaking heads. If a particularly prominent museum or celebrity has been skewered, the story may even crowd out British royalty and make the tabloids. However, the daily loss due to fakes in decorative arts - like antique art glass - probably dwarfs the dollar amount lost on new Van Goghs and Rembrandts.
Reproduction cobalt blue glasses with white enamel decoration: 3 3/4 high juice glass, left; 4 high tumbler, right.
Shown here are three 4inch vases, a part of 50 different new shapes marked Galle and TIP. These pieces are made in Romania. The mark of TIP in raised glass is Romanian for type or style. The Galle mark may be in one place, the TIP in another so look at the entire piece. The TIP mark is also easily ground off.
Shown here are three 4-inch vases, a part of 50 different new shapes marked Galle and TIP. These pieces are made in Romania. The mark of TIP in raised glass is Romanian for type or style. The Galle mark may be in one place, the TIP in another so look at the entire piece. The TIP mark is also easily ground off.
Glass figurines have been a made in the Czechoslovakian village of Zelezny Brod since the 1920s. By the late 1930s, large numbers were being made. Production stopped during WWII and then resumed in the late 1940s through the 1960s.
Cherry Blossom is one of the most popular depression glass patterns. It was made by the Jeannette Glass Company ca. 1930-1939 and commonly produced in pink, green, Delphite (opaque blue) and clear. Red, yellow, Jadite (opaque green) and translucent green were also made.
New Princess pattern candy jars have bee reproduced since the mid 1990s. New jars are available in pink and blue and possibly other colors. Wholesale prices have averaged about $8.50 each over the years. New and old are shown side by side in Fig. 1 below.