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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.
Authentic Beaded Shell (originally called New York) was made by Dugan Glass beginning in 1904. Original colors include a light green opalescent, clear opalescent, blue opalescent, transparent apple green, transparent blue and crystal. An original water set of pitcher and six tumblers is worth about $750 - $900. The new 7-piece set wholesales for $65.
Original Burmese is a 19th century art glass patented by Frederick Shirley of the Mt. Washington Glass Company in 1885. The distinctive feature of this glass is its shading from a yellow body to salmon pink towards edges and rims. From about 1970 through the early 1980s, a considerable quantity of imitation Burmese was produced in Murano, Italy for export.
A number of pieces of Art Deco styled Czech glass are being reissued from original 1930s molds. The five pieces shown here were put back in production in 1997. Most items are made clear or frosted crystal but one item Fig. 2 is in malachite glass, a swirled green opaque glass. The new wholesale prices are about 20 to 30 of what the comparable original ca. 192030s piece would cost.
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.
There has been some confusion in published price guides with a figural glass toothpick listed as Dog House. There are two types: one is old, the other may or may not be old. The version which has not as yet been reproduced is shown in Fig. 9. This style is attributed to Bryce Brothers and is known in amber, blue, canary, clear and vaseline. A chain is on the dogs collar; no roof above the dogs head.
Brand names like "Gridley's Celebrated Balsam of Naptha & Wau-A Hoo" and "Ferro Quina Stomach Bitters and Blood Purifie" are now eagerly sought by collectors as much for their strange names as their attractive glass bottles. Prices for such bottles are generally based on the color of the glass used, the bottle's shape, how it was made and the appeal of the company's name. Anyone who collects and deals in such bottles should be aware that modern technologies can be used to "custom make" to order many of the features that make old patent medicine and liquor bottles so interesting. The differences between old and new are explained in the photos.
Pilgrim Glass Company of Huntington, West Virginia owned approximately 30 or more original molds from Consolidated Glass. Pilgrim obtained the molds from Sinclair Glass of Hartford, Indiana which at one time owned the majority of Consolidated's original molds.