Searching for Glass (303)
By the last quarter of the nineteenth century, most American cities were completing the conversion from gas and oil lighting to lighting powered by electricity. Rather than have a fairly large central oil lamp around which the family gathered, smaller electrical lights could now be placed throughout the house.
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.
Was this glass fish covered dish ever made before 1940 or are they all reproductions with no old counterpart ever made?
Low priced reproduction Jadite, pale green opaque glass, was mass produced in China and sold through Cracker Barrel restaurants. New American-made Jadite has been in the market for years.
Several lines of new art glass from overseas were introduced in mid-2001 that could be confused with highly sought vintage American-made art glass such as Steuben, Libbey, Nash, Cambridge and other well known makers.
Shortly after the September, 2001 issue of ACRN which featured new and old art glass shades went to press, we ran across a set of four glass shades with forged acid-stamped Handel markings. Although the shades were indeed old, estimated ca. 1900-1920s, the acid marks were applied within the last 5-10 years.
Original Candlewick was one of Imperial Glass Corporation's most popular and longest selling patterns. It was introduced in 1936 and continued to be made until Imperial closed in 1984.
Dugan Glass first made Lattice Daisy about 1915. Originals are mostly known in carnival but were also available in non-iridized finishes.
At least one restoration catalog source is offering glass door knobs closely resembling Depression-era originals. The 1 diameter knobs are sold in Jadite (opaque pale green), transparent apple green, transparent blue (peacock blue) and Delphite (opaque pale blue) and milk glass, and clear. Glass bridge-style door handles averaged about 4 across and were available in the same colors as the knobs but also included opaque black, ruby red and cobalt blue.
These 3-D busts of frosted glass are almost always seen offered as Lalique-type or attributed to some other pre-WWII French glass company. ACRN recently traced the figures to an early 1970s brochure of AA Importing Co., an American antique reproduction wholesaler.