Searching for Glass
Two unusual shapes in new jadite have recently been released. One is a 9-inch oyster plate (Fig. 1). The plate is extremely heavy weighing just slightly over two pounds. No old counterpart to this piece in jadite is known. Tall candlesticks are also being made in an eight-sided panel design, 7 inches tall. A pair of the new sticks are shown in (Fig. 2).
Reproduction Princess Feather pattern glass lamps a being sold with a colored font on a clear colorless base. Th example shown has a medium blue font. Other colored fonts may also be available. Our new sample cost $8.25 wholesale Various colored fonts were available on vintage Princess Feather lamps. New fonts and bases are glued together. The glue can l detected with long wave black light. Original bases and fonts were fused together while the glass was hot, not glued.
At a recent auction, a genuinely old kitchen hanging lamp was sold with a new 14 cranberry hobnail domed shade. The buyer was shocked to learn a week later that the shade was new. Many persons mistakenly believe cranberry shades are not reproduced.
Shortly after the September, 2001 issue of ACRN which featured new and old art glass shades went to press, we ran across a set of four glass shades with forged acid-stamped Handel markings. Although the shades were indeed old, estimated ca. 1900-1920s, the acid marks were applied within the last 5-10 years.
Several lines of new art glass from overseas were introduced in mid-2001 that could be confused with highly sought vintage American-made art glass such as Steuben, Libbey, Nash, Cambridge and other well known makers.
A faked glass paperweight represented as a souvenir of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commonly known as the St. Louis Worlds Fair, has appeared in the market. The example ACRN examined was deep amber glass, about 3 in diameter. A raised image of North and South America is molded on a slightly domed top along with raised molded lettering, St. Louis Worlds Fair, 1904 (see illustration below).
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.
Reproductions of 14-17th century German glass are now being sold over a web site. Magic Art Replik Glas, in Passau, Germany offered historical copies at relatively modest prices ranging on average from $20 to $500 American dollars (prices vary with exchange rates).
Was this glass fish covered dish ever made before 1940 or are they all reproductions with no old counterpart ever made?
A 1960s cherry salt dip mold from the former L.G. Wright company is back in production. Rosso Wholesale Glass. B. Machine and Mold, Imperial, Wilkerson, Mosser, Summit, Dugan.