Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Salt Cellar - Definition

A small vessel usually made of silver or glass used for holding salt at the dinner table. They were very popular before the advent of the salt shaker. Salt cellars came with a little spoon that you could put your salt on and sprinkle the salt over your food. There was a salt cellar next to each dinner plate.

Pressed salts were among the first items widely produced by American glass companies. Small salt cellars were intended for use at individual place settings, larger ones, termed master salts could be used by the whole family at the dinner table.

Salt shakers contributed to the demise of the use of salt cellars.

Example of sale cellars is in the picture below:

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Mystery Dish Answer

The pattern is Croesus which was made by Riverside Glass Works, ca. 1897-1919, in crystal, "Imperial Emerald" (plain or gilt) & "Royal Purple" (plain or gilt).

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mystery Dish - Just for Fun

Can anyone identify this week’s mystery dish. This one you have to name the glass company who made these dishes and the pattern. Have fun. Answer will be posted in the evening on Monday, June 27th

Hint this dish is ca. 1897-1919.

These dishes will be listed probably Tuesday or Wednesday of this week on  Have fun!!! 

Someone asked what they are.  One is a covered sugar bowl and the other is a spooner. Sorry I didn't name the dish type. Does that help. No fair using google.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Westmoreland Glass Company

In 1889 a group of men founded a company which produced it's wonderful glass until 1984, it was Westmoreland Glass Company. This group of men came from the Speciality Glass Co. in East Liverpol, Ohio and migrated to Grapeville, Pennsylvania.

The property had a large source of natural gas. The company was run by two brothers, George and Charles West. Its main production was pressed glass tableware lines, mustard jars, and candy containers.

In 1921, George West left and Charles West became president. Charles West changed the company's name from the Westmoreland Specialty Company to Westmoreland Glass Company. In the 1920s and 1930s, Charles West created a large decorating department at Westmoreland and they began to produce high quality hand-decorated and cut glass.

In 1937, the company changed hands from the West family to the hands of the Brainards. In the 1940s, the Brainards phased out the high quality hand-decorated glass and began to mass produce milk glass. The Brainards then sold the company in 1980 to David Grossman, a St. Louis businessman who did not have any prior experience with Westmoreland. As a result, the company went out of business in 1984 and was sold for $75,000 to George Synder, who converted the property into a storage facility.

Those men didn't just start a company. They touched all of our lives by giving us the beautiful handmade glassware we all collect and cherish. Some patterns are Della Robia, Thousand Eye and Waterford.

This is just one example of Westmoreland Glass, this pattern is amber Thousand Eye.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mystery Dish Answer

This weeks mystery dish is made by Westmoreland Glass Company and the pattern is Thousand Eye. Westmoreland Glass Co. was in business from 1889 to 1984. Hope you enjoyed the mystery. Check next Sunday, June 26, 2011 for a new Mystery Dish.

Answers Posted for Mystery Dish

In answer to guesses on the Mystery Dish posted:

Jewelsthings - Hobnail is incorrect.  But thanks for guessing.

9b895600-9b70-11e0-b70d-000bcdcb8a73 - It is not American Pioneer, but that is a great guess.

Check back after 8:00 p.m. tonight Monday 20, 2011 for the answer.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mystery Compote Dish - Just for Fun

Can anyone identify this week’s mystery dish. This one you have to name the glass company who made this compote and the pattern. Have fun. Answer will be posted in the evening on Monday, June  20th.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Banana Stand - Definition

A Banana Stand is a pedestal dish with a U-shaped bowl, used specifically for serving a bunch of bananas. These dishes came on a pedestal as well as without a pedestal, known as a "Flat Banana Dish". They were designed for 2 specific reasons. Bananas enhance the ripening of your other fruit so they should always be kept separate. Also, when you set your table, your Banana Stand is at one end and your fruit compote at the other to balance your table.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Martinsville Glass Mfg. Co. - Viking Glass Co.

New Martinsville Glass Mfg. Co. was established in 1901 in New Martinsville, West Virginia. They earned the image of an innovator in the glass industry. During the mid 20's they popularized vanity sets and promoted liquor-sets even during prohibition. In the 30's they added more new color and table patterns until an early return to crystal. In 1949 New Martinsville was sold and renamed the Viking Glass Co.

The fancier edged pieces were New Martinsville’s production; similar items made under the Viking Glass Company rein were less detailed to accommodate faster production.

New Martinsville Glass Company used an extensive list of colors in their glassware. A list of colors follows: Amber, Ruby, Evergreen, Amethyst, Cobalt Blue, Ritz Blue, Rose, Jade, Pale Blue, Light Green, Pink, Black, Yellow.

Some of their patterns are Flower Basket, Janice, Moondrops, Prelude, Radiance, and Teardrop.

Their glass is gorgeous and in my opinion is very similar in quality and beauty to Murano Glass. It is beautiful and has a gentle flow to the glass items they make. The centerpiece shown below is one example of New Martinsville Glass.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Grill Plate - Definition

Grill plates are a plate which is usually divided into three sections. They were used in many restaurants and as dinner plates in homes, during the 1940's and 1950's to allow for smaller portions to be served and give the appearance of a fuller plate of food. This is the reason many of them are found wth a great deal of utensil wear.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mystery Dish Answer

The Mystery Dish is a Domino Tray. It was used to hold sugar cubes around the side and a creamer in the center. This domino tray was made by Hocking Glass Company between 1930 and 1934 and is the Cameo or Ballerina or Dancing Girl pattern. The Economy Glass Company is the only other glass company known to have made the domino tray and it was made in their Round Robin pattern. Hope you enjoyed the mystery.

The first person with the correct answer was Annie Lema, visit her FB Business page sometime.

Mystery Dish Just for Fun

Can anyone identify today’s mystery dish. I am not talking about the pattern, I am talking about what this dish is called and used for. Answer will be posted in the afternoon on Monday, June 13. Clue, it is not a butter dish and it is not a candy dish. It has a three indentation in the center.

Don't forget to check back on NMonday afternoon June 13th for the answer.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sigma Tastesetter

Sigma was a New York based importer/distributor of gift ware started in the late 1960's. Sigma was the gift ware division of Rockville International located in Garden City, New York. They eventually became part of Towle International. This company was a leader in Sesame Street and Star Wars products as well as many other figural cookie jars. They made many of the Muppet products including a Kermit Cookie Jar. Their 10 year collaboration with Japanese factories and American designers was magical. They closed in 1985 according to the Roerig Cookie Jars Book.

This Fireman Dog Cookie Jar is an example of Sigma’s beautiful cookie jars.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Compote, Comport - Definition

A compote is a container used as a serving dish, sometimes it has a lid. 19th Century American firms often referred to a compote as a bowl joined to a base. It can be used with a high footed or low-footed section. High footed compotes were often used for serving fruit. The lower-footed compote was often used to serve sauces or as jelly dishes. Compotes also make very nice candy dishes. Some companies called their compotes a comport. They are the same type of dish.

The picture is a Westmorelad Thousand Eye Pedestal Compote.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Glassware Books

Warman Books - Ellen T. Shroy - The Warman books are fabulous for identifying glass. They have a company timeline, color timeline, color identification, shape guide and a thumbnail guide. This is one of the most useful books I own. Most glassware books are out of print and therefore, hard to find. They are available at some libraries and well worth the time to review, especially if you just cannot figure out a pattern or color.

Also if you ever run across one at an auction, estate or garage sale in my opinion this book is worth the investment. The Warman Depression Glass 4th Edition I own was purchased at an auction, I paid $25.00, which I thought was expensive, but it was worth the money. The original price on this book in 2006 was $27.99. This book is well utilized by me. Home Page - hazeleyes767

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

IRR in Glasssware - Definition

If you see a description stating the bowl has "irr" that means it has inner rim roughness. It is like a bunch of tiny chips. Never pay full value for these dishes. It is fine if you want to have a dish with irr to complete a set, just beware of price.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Metlox Potteries - Poppytrail Artware Division

The Purple Cow Cookie Jar is made by Metlox. They were located in Manhattan Beach, California. The name Poppytrail evolved from the California state flower, the poppy. The Poppytrail Artware Division of Metlox produced cookie jars from the late 1950's until the company closed in 1989.

Evan K Shaw purchased Metlox from Willis Prouty in 1946 after his LA California based American Pottery burned to the ground. The name Metlox was a contraction of "metal oxide". The year 1946 was truly the birth of Metlox and they soon became a world leader in ceramic ware. The Poppytrail Artware cookie jars became successful because of Evan K. Shaw’s "spare no expense, time or effort" philosophy. He hired a gifted group of designers who truly loved the cookie jar concept and believed it to be an art form.


Can anyone guess who made this cute Purple Cow Cookie Jar.

No fair doing google searches.  Come back to visit my glassware blog late this afternoon or early evening for the answer and a little history on the company. Have a marvelous day everyone!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Northwood Company - Harry Northwood

Harry Northwood was considered by some to be a genius in the glass industry. His father John Northwood was a renowned English glass maker. Harry Northwood came to America in 1880 and worked in Wheeling, West Virginia learning his glass making craft.

In 1886 he moved to Bridgeport, Ohio where he continued to become an expert glass crafter. In 1896 he formed the Northwood Company at Indiana, Pennsylvania. It was during this time period he developed the Northwood custard glass.

In 1908 Harry Northwood decided to follow the example of his student, Frank L. Fenton and market iridized glass. He marketed his first Northwood iridescent glass and Northwood Carnival glass began. For over ten years carnival glass was the great American "craze". Harry Northwood died in 1921. Carnival glass had proven to be the jewel in the crown of a genius.

Carnival Glass

This exquisite Tree Trunk vase is an example of the beauty of Northwood Carnival Glass.

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Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass

Carnival glass is glass that is pressed and iridized. Carnival Glass was manufactured between 1905 and 1930. It was made by companies in the United States, England, France, Germany, Australia, Sweden and Finland.

Carnival Glass was the last hand-shaped glass mass produced in America. If anyone has a question feel free to ask I will do my best to research and get an answer for you whether carnival glass or any other type of glass.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Glassware Questions

If anyone ever has a question about any type of glass, whether pottery, carnival, depression or any other type, please feel to ask. I will try my utmost to research any questions and get the correct answers to you.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Cleaning Depression Glass

Wash depression dishes in a mild dish soap. To bring out the sparkle and for streak free dishes put a tablespoon of vinegar in the water. When cleaning a glass with a pattern I use a soft to medium tooth brush to get the dirt out of the indentations of the glass. Depression dishes should never, ever be put into the dishwasher, harsh detergents will cloud the glass over time. We love the beautiful shine on do not want to destroy its natural lustre.

Henn Pottery a/k/a Gerald E. Henn Workshops

The Henn family handcrafted the finest dinnerware, bakeware, and serving pieces on their homestead in Warren, Ohio for five generations. Henn Pottery is very heavy, but truly unique. It looks like a sponged wall only it is on dinnerware. They call this dinnerware spongeware. All of the collectibles handcrafted at Henn boasted a commitment to quality and beauty that was a mainstay in early America. After 25 years Henn closed its doors in 2007. Henn pottery is made in the U.S.A - oven proof, microwave safe, dishwasher safe.

There are often glaze pops here or there on pottery, this is a natural characteristic of hand made pottery and like all hand made pottery there may be variations in the pattern and color in each piece. Henn pottery was sold by Henn consultants at house parties.

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