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John Bull Eye Cups

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.

Pilgrim Glass uses original Consolidated Glass molds

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.

Bent Glass Panel Lamp Shades

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.

Greentowns Cat on Hamper

"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.

Classic Venetian Goblet Copied

This 9-inch goblet with a figural stem is an almost identical copy of vintage pieces. The figural swan and knobs on the stem are gold flecked clear crystal; the base and bowl are deep ruby.

Schneider forgery

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.

When Glass Marked Lalique is not Lalique

Molinard is a French perfume company which has used a number of bottles designed by Ren Lalique and made of Lalique glass. In Lalique Perfume Bottles, authors Mary Lou and Glen Utt document five Lalique designs used by Molinard: Le Baiser du Faune, Calendal, Madrigal, Les les dOr and Cariatides. Cariatides was discontinued around 1940; the others were made up through the early-1950s.

Detecting Fake and Forged Acid Marks on Glass

Genuinely old marks applied to glass at the time of manufacture will logically show scratches produced by normal wear. In other words, scratches will go through original marks, as shown below, left. Many new marks applied to old but originally unmarked pieces will often be placed over scratches. Under a 10X loupe, you can usually see the acid in these new marks flowing into the old scratches, below right.

Jeanette Jadite Reamer Reproduced

New jadite reamers are being made which are virtually identical to vintage reamers made by Jeanette Glass. Co. (Fig. 1). The new reamers are currently selling for $9 each. Originals typically bring an average of $60 to $80.