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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Original Grasshopper pattern glass was made in the 1870-1880s by an unknown glass company. It was generally in clear non-flint colorless glass; some were in color but those are rare. The pattern name is taken from a figural solid glass grasshopper which appears on the side of pieces. About 21 shapes were originally made.