Searching for Glass
Jadite, pale green opaque glass, has been widely reproduced since mid-1999. Now, new Jadite in kitchen shapes are appearing with vintage-styled decals and lettering. Among the pieces available are butter dishes, shakers, mortars, sugars, creamers, cup and flower pot.
Fenton Glass has recently made an opalescent swirl pickle castor insert. White opalescent swirls run counter clockwise in a clear glass body, 5 tall, 3 dia.
This four piece table setting in pale blue opaque glass is being sold through a mail order catalog for $29.95. It includes a 10 dia. dinner plate, 8 salad plate, 5 dia. bowl, and 4 tall cup. The dinner plate, salad plate and bowl are similar in shape to blue glass dinnerware by Anchor Hocking named Turquoise Blue, made 1956-1958. Vintage dinner plates sell for $25-30; salad plates, $20; bowls, $12.
New Iris (Iris and Herringbone) is being found in the southeastern states. Reproductions of the beaded edge 4 berry bowl (shown here) and the 6 tumblers are confirmed in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Among the many sought after forms of vintage Venetian glass are pieces that feature three dimensional glass figures entirely encased in glass. Most of the encased shapes are small fish. The fish are found alone, grouped with other figures and grouped with other fish in underwater scenes. Fish alone or with another figures have no special name. Underwater scenes are generally referred to as aquarium pieces or aquarium blocks.
A Midwestern glass wholesaler has just released a series of four souvenir pressed glass toothpick holders. All four pieces bear early dates ranging from 1904 (St. Louis Exposition) to 1939 (New York Worlds Fair).
This new version of an English epergne is making the rounds of Internet auction sites and London markets. Four glass trumpets one vertical surrounded by three diagonal are held in a silver plated open work metal frame. Overall height is 12. So far the piece has appeared with two different colors of glass trumpets, cranberry and blue.
On January 28, 2001, a buyer in Chicago paid $1200 for a set of four bowls and plates (Fig. 1) marked R. Lalique, France (Fig. 2) Unfortunately, the frosted glass bowls and plates were made in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia), not France and the Lalique marks were forgeries.
Here's something completely different - a reproduction glass advertising rolling pin. Its clear pressed glass with a metal screw-on lid; overall length 13. There are other colors available including cobalt blue. ACRN paid $10 for the new samples. No old original is known.
A seller using the internet auction site eBay.com offered to sign reproduction art glass with the buyers choice of marks. Winning bidders were offered their choice of Tiffany, Steuben Quezal and others. The seller also regularly offered reproduction art glass with imitation marks already applied. Steuben, Aurene, floriform, JIP, Favrile, pontil, vase.