Searching for Glass
Never heard of Old Sleepy Eye pattern glass? Well, here's a picture of the mold in which the glass was made. But none of the clear glass made in this mold is old. The mold was made sometime in 1972 and used to produce three pieces of clear glass with an embossed portrait of Old Sleepy Eye. The three shapes made were a mold blown 5-inch jar and two pressed pieces (Fig. 4), a 2-inch flat top paperweight and a 4-inch tall, 3-inch dia. tumbler.
Defining reproduction, replica and vintage glass is a challenge in itself. Identifying it is even more difficult. We use the term replica to describe glass that is a copy of an older design, with no intent to deceive the buyerusually there is some small difference between them. But an uninformed or dishonest seller can pass replicas off as vintage. As Ronald Reagan used to say: Trust, but verify.
In the 250+ years since Caspar Wistar started the first successful American glass factory in the city of Alloway, the state of New Jersey has been home to over two hundred glasshouses. Many of the names associated with these glasshouses are familiar to collectors of South Jersey glass: the Whitneys of Glassboro, Coffin & Hay of Hammonton and Winslow, and Victor Durand of Vineland, to name a few.
The Grape Delight pattern was made originally by Dugan Glass. In 1975, a nut bowl and a covered butter were reproduced by Mosser glass in Grape Delight. New colors were amber and ice blue.
adapted for ACRN from Perfume Bottle Quarterlyoriginal research and text by Madeleine France Donna Sims
A Midwest glass wholesaler has recently added two childsize glass water sets featuring Hopalong Cassidy and Tom Mix. The sets are cobalt blue glass with white enamellike portraits and facsimile signatures. Pitchers are 4 tall; tumblers are 2; 5 piece set, $18.
Between the world wars, the glass industry in Czechoslovakia flourished. One of the types of glass developed there in those years was a slag-type opaque green colored ware now commonly called "Malachite" or "Jade", "Green Agate" or "green slag".