Searching for Glass
A glass wholesale firm has just released this figural pressed glass piece from an old original Westmoreland Glass Company mold. It is in the shape of a five sided brick fort or blockhouse. The original piece is generally assumed to be an inkwell but it's exact purpose has never been documented. Some say the piece originally held mustard or other condiments. This new version is made of clear pressed glass and is painted; the sides are painted a dull brick red and the roof and foundation are black.
John Bull eye cup have been reproduced. The raised lettering on the bottom of the new piece does not include Made in USA as the original cup does. Further, seam lines on the new cup and base are not aligned; seams on the old are aligned. New pieces have been reported in clear, blue and green.
Moonlight is the original name given to a particular color of blue first introduced by the Cambridge Glass Company in 1936. Most collectors and dealers add the word "blue" to "Moonlight" making up the most commonly used name for this color "Moonlight Blue." That's the name which is used in this article.
For many years, leaded shades have been the most reproduced kinds of antique shades. Now, reproductions of bent glass and panel shades are being seen more frequently.
"Greentown Glass" refers to the products of the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company. It operated at Greentown, Indiana from mid-1894 to June 1903 when the plant was destroyed by fire. The factory produced pattern glass as well as novelty items such as animal dishes.
This blown glass fish-shaped bowl-vase is similar to a number of vintage collectible pieces. Blenko in America and various Italian makers all made similar pieces dating back to the middle of the 20th century.
Heres an example of a forged Schneider mark on a piece of modern studio glass. This mark has been applied with a crude diamond tip pencil. Pressing this tip against the glass creates the mark by actually chipping very small flakes off the glass surface. Look at the mark under a 10X loupe and youll see a very ragged-edged line frequently interrupted by skips and gaps.