Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunshines Gallery

Your answer is close, but not correct. 

Mystery Dish - Just for Fun

Can anyone identify this week’s mystery dish. This one you have to name the pattern and company. Hint: This dish is carnival glass.

Have fun. Answer will be posted in the evening on Monday, August 1st.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mystery Animal Figure Answer

The answer is Royal Haeger Pottery Amber Tiger Figure. I know this lookls like a Leopard but my Haeger Book by David Dilly lists this named by Royal Haeger Pottery as an Amber Tiger Figure.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mystery Animal Figure - Just for Fun

It’s Sunday, new Mystery is not a dish but an animal figure. He is made by a pottery company. For this one you need to identify the company who made him and the animal. Have fun!!!!!

Answer will be posted Monday, July 25, 2011 after 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Mystery Dish

I will be offline for a few days so there will be no Mystery Dish this week. The Mystery Dish will resume on Sunday July 24, 2011. Thanks for viewing my Blog.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Fenton Art Glass Company - The Beginning

Frank L. And John W. Fenton opened The Fenton Art Glass Company as a cutting and decorating shop in July, 1905. Their brother Charles H. Fenton joined them a short time later. They began as a decorating shop using blanks supplied by other glass manufacturing companies.

As Fenton grew it became necessary to produce their own glass. They built a plant in Williamstown, West Virginia. The first glass from the Fenton Art Glass plant was produced on January 2, 1907.

I will be writing more about Fenton but because it is so vast, I do not want it to become boring so I feel a little bit at a time is a better approach. I will start with the Silver Crest pattern.

The Silver Crest pattern introduced by Fenton in 1943. Before 1958 the white was called opal and had an opalescence appearance when held up to the light. In 1958 Fenton changed the formula to milk glass which made the glass look very white without "fire" in the white. If you acquire items that have white edging encompassing crystal it is called Crystal Crest and dates from 1942. The pictures below are a few examples of Silver Crest.

Through the years Fenton survived tragedies, a devastating Depression era, numerous recessions and labor troubles to become the pre-eminent handmade glass factory known not only nationwide, but world wide.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mystery Dish Answer - Candle Holders

The company is Anchor Hocking Glass and the pattern is Moonstone. These candle holders were made from 1941 through 1946 which makes them 1940's glass, not depression glass. The opalescence or milkiness of this pattern comes from adding ash or tin oxide during the firing process. Moonstone was mainly sold in five-and-dime stores during the middle of World War II.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mystery Candle Holders - Just for Fun

Can anyone identify this week’s mystery dish. This one you have to name the glass company who made these candle holders and the pattern. Have fun. Answer will be posted in the evening on Monday, July 11th.

No fair using  google to find answer.  Hope you have fun.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jeannette Glass Company - A Little History

Jeannette Bottle Works began operation in the late 1880s in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. In 1898 the company became Jeannette Glass Company. They produced handmade bottles, jars and dishware.

The company began production of prism glass in 1917. Prism glass was used to increase light exposure. This division of the company was sold in the mid-1920s. Improvements made to the factory, included converting it to a pressed glass facility. This allowed the production of Depression-era kitchen glassware.

In 1924 Jeannette Glass was touted by the glass trade as "one of the most complete automatic factories in the country".

In 1927 Jeannette Glass started making green and pink glass automatically in a continuous tank, a first!

Jeannette Glass Company introduced 14 Depression glass patterns from 1928 to 1938. Some of Jeannette patterns include the popular Adam and Iris & Herringbone, Cherry Blossom, Hex Optic, Cube (a/k/a as Cubist), Poinsettia or Floral, Sierra, Doric, Sunflower, Windsor, Doric & Pansy, Swirl, Homespun, and Sunburst.

Colors used in Jeannette’s Depression glass include pink, green, a teal green color called ultramarine and iridescent. They manufactured not only dinnerware patterns, but a wide array of kitchen glassware as well.

During the 1950s Jeannette introduced Cameo Glassware consisting of exquisite traditional styling in gleaming milk white. Jeanette’s most popular milk glass is the Shell Pink line. Made in the late 1950s for a short time, this line incorporated many different patterns and mold shapes in pale pink milk glass.

Jeannette Glass Company hit a low point in production during World War II, but bounced back as the war ended. They purchased the McKee Glass Division of Thatcher Glass Manufacturing in 1961 and were known to operate the "world’s largest electric glass furnace for melting heat-resisting glass in the early 1960's.

In 1970, the company’s name changed to Jeannette Corporation. They ceased production and closed the factory in 1983.

The picture below is some example of Jeannette Glass dinnerware.

Jeannette Glass Floral (a/k/a Poinsettia) Pink Creamer, Sugar Bowl w lid

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thanks for Visiting My Blog

Thank you each and every viewer and every follower. Whether you chose to click that follow button or not I truly appreciate you coming to read my glassware blog. I love learning about glassware companies and their history and sharing it with others and this blog enables me to do so. So you are all appreciated.

If you ever have a question regarding any glassware or what something is used for or any history of glass, please feel free to ask. It can be depression glass, elegant glass, carnival glass or any other type of glass. I will always endeavor to get you an accurate answer. Again thanks.


Depression Glass - Definition

Depression Glass is the colored glassware made primarily during the Depression Era (1928-1940). It was made in the colors of amber, blue, black, crystal, green, pink, yellow and white. A good deal of the Depression glass was given away as promotional or premium items for other products. It was often packaged in cereal boxes and flour sacks or given as incentives for buying tickets to the movies. It was also given as a premium at gasoline stations and grocery stores.

On occasion you will see glass made after 1940 described as depression glass, but true depression glass was made from 1928 to 1940.

Pictured beow is a sample of pink Depression Glass.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Mystery Dish Answer

The candy dish and trinket box were made by Indiana Glass for Tiara Exclusives in the 1980's in the coral color and Empress pattern. There is a lovely bird of paradise molded in these dishes.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mystery Candy Dish and Trinket Box - Just for Fun

Can anyone identify this week’s mystery dish. This one you have to name the pattern. Hint: These dishes are made by Indiana Glass.

Have fun. Answer will be posted in the evening on Monday, July 4th.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Meito China - A Little History

Meito china is a popular brand of china made in Japan. Meito China was created when Kotero Asukai one of the founders of Noritake who left the company around 1908. He opened Nagoya Seito Sho Co. where china marked as Meito was produced. This certainly explains why many Noritake and Meito patterns are so similar that sometimes without a backstamp you cannot tell whether it is Noritake or Meito.

As with many china companies in the early days they did not name their patterns. This makes matching and identification very difficult. Some of the patterns’ only difference can be the color of a small flower or leaf that is a different.

Meito China was marketed by some of the largest distribution firms in the United States. The Nagoya Seito Sho Co. was acquired by Sumitomo Steel dutring World War II. The corporate name was changed to Narumi Seito Narumi.

The company produces mostly dinnerware and manufactures the four major lines of Orleans, Windsor, Empire and Asama. A variant of Orleans, Norleans has been noted especially for its cutting edge, modern design. The vast number of Meito patterns reflects the rich traditions of both East and West. Meito's parent company, Narumi Seito Narumi, continues to manufacture fine bone china and porcelain today.

The Norleans line constitutes a departure from tradition with its single, steep rise in the middle of the plate and a wide, basically flat, rim that occupies up to half of the plate's surface. Decoration is typically simple. Orleans patterns include Dexter, Pastelle and Adele, with Norleans featuring its own version of Adele, as well as Garden Rose, and Livonia.

As with many china companies in the early days they did not name their patterns. This makes matching and identification very difficult. Some of the patterns only difference can be a small flower or leaf that is a different color.

Below are examples of the Norleans pattern of Meito China.

To purchase this Meito Norleans China click link below and type Norleans in search box.