Searching for Glass
Martha Stewart's mail order operation, Martha by Mail, is currently offering a large variety of confusing reproduction and look-alike glassware.
A new line of reproduction cameo glass signed Charder is now available. Although the samples shown in this article are all lamps, the new signature undoubtedly is being used on vases and other shapes as well.
This new finger lamp was once made by Fenton for a Tennessee lamp parts company. It has a 1 solid brass collar, a transparent light blue body and an applied clear glass handle. The body is 3 5/8 diameter; 3 1/2 to top of collar. Unlike the majority of reproduction oil lamps, the collar on this piece is plastered to the body. Collars on most foreign made oil lamp repros are simply glued.
Royal Lace has joined the list of depression-era glassware patterns that have been reproduced. The 3 ″ five ounce tumbler has now been made in blue. Hazel Atlas.
This covered glass jar with pheasant head finial was sold during the 1970-80s by Herters, a hunting and outdoor goods supplier. Although Herters business dates back to 1893, no old counterpart of the pheasant jar ever existed. When the jar drifts into the antiques market it is almost always represented as a much older piece.
An epergne mold originally used by L. G. Wright in the 1940s-50s is being put back into production by Fenton Glass.
All of these so-called art glass rolling pins showing up everywhere are new. Most are about 16 long with various body colors of clear, cobalt blue, red, green and other colors. Thick threads of one or more contrasting colors are swirled through the body. The handles are solid glass, the pin is hollow.
Original Miss America was made by Hocking Glass Company, ca. 1935-1938. Authentic colors include crystal, green, ice blue, jadeite and ruby red.
Reproduction cut glass urns with various liquors etched on the front were first reported in the June issue of ACRN. At that time, the only similar originals known were cut glass wine urns. Since then, we have found additional authentic pieces of similar shape with enamel decoration (see photo above right.)
Some items have been so widely reproduced that the copies far exceed the number of originals.