Photos by Dave Peterson
I recently received a rare invitation to view a collection belonging to a couple that has collected EAPG since 1960. This couple collects any EAPG that is unusual, interesting, or to add to a pattern that they collect. They literally have 100+ honey dishes, with multiples by both maker, color and size. They also enjoy water sets, berry sets, unusual novelty pieces, and a some art glass pieces that strike their fancy.
I spent over 5 hours photographing pieces that caught my eye. My personal interest is in vaseline glass, so I tried to photograph as much of that color as I could. I also took pictures of other historially significant pieces that just are not seen outside of museums or long-term private collections such as what this couple has collected.
EACH PHOTO can be clicked on for a larger view. Pieces have been identified when they are known.
One of their favorite patterns is PETTICOAT by Riverside Glass. This pattern was made in clear, clear with gold, vaseline, and vaseline with gold. They have collected multiples in each variety/shape. I took pictures of some of the more rare pieces, but not all of the pieces they own in this pattern.
MORE RIVERSIDE: DERBY water set and table set. The second row is GRASSHOPPER VARIANT with small berry to show size comparison. The ruby flashed sugar bowl is called RIVERSIDE’S RIVERSIDE, aka: RIVERSIDE’S NATIONAL. It is the only ruby flashed set ever made in vaseline glass.
This set is CARNELIAN by Northwood, now generally called
EVERGLADES. It was opalescent & gold decorated. These
two photos show the shapes of the berry and water set in the first
photo and the table set in the second photo.
Here is an unidentified water set in Rubina Verde (with palm trees) and a vaseline and blue water set by Kralik:
The bulbous Rubina Verde POLKA DOT water sets (left) was made by Geo. Duncan & Sons. The way to tell the difference is in the reeded handle. Duncan and Hobbs both made this shape, but Hobbs used a smooth handle. The tall narrow ‘tankard’ on the left is a typical form for Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. ana has a smooth handle. While this shape is not shown in any illustrations for Hobbs in the Polka Dot pattern, it IS shown in their Coral/Peach Blow colors.
The collection had numerous shapes and colors of IRIS WITH MEANDER by Jefferson Glass Company.
Some more Jefferson Glass items, both are Swag withBrackets: A table set in blue with gold decor, and two blue pitchers, one gold decor, the other opalecsent.
There are many terms that come to mind when this next piece (ruby and clear dolphin compote) is seen in person: “MASSIVE” was one that hit me first. It was about 14″ tall, and the top diameter of the bowl was at least 12″. The top bowl connects to the clear satin dolphin with an inset hole on the underside of the bowl, and then plaster of paris was used. The piece had to weigh at least 5-7 pounds. The maker is unknown. The person who sold it to the owners was told that it could possibly be Baccarat. The second photo is of a art glass dish that has a center flower that was made by alternating layers of vaseline and cranberry glass. It appears to be Czechoslovakia, but was unmarked. The iridized/pulled decoration vase, followed by the Italian covered compote, are also from unknown makers.
These two pitchers are both Northwood. The Green opalescent is DAFFODIL, and the Cranberry is Chrysanthemum Swirl.
The owners enjoy unusual covered dishes:
Until an original RIVERSIDE catalog was discovered in 2000, the original maufacturer of CABBAGE LEAF (aka: Frosted Cabbage Leaf) was not known. It was originally made as Riverside’s No. 135 WARE. One page in that catalog showed several pieces. The Butter and Celery were both shown, but not the tall compote (next to celery) or the large covered plate, most likely a cheese plate. Any piece in color is rare, and the collection included the Butter in amber.
The next three items are JUMBO elephants, all by different makers. The first is a complete table set of JUMBO & BARNUM, distinguished by the Barnum head busts at the base of the handles. The next covered dish (clear body) is 4 3/8″ high and 6″ long. The last JUMBO (satin) is truly a ‘jumbo’ piece, measuring well over 12 inches tall! Makers are unknown.
The SHIELD & EMBLEM (aka: BULLET-EMBLEM) set is historial glass. Most references list it as a Spanish American War souvenir. The second photo is a close-up of the butter. There was a note in the sugar bowl that was there from the previous owner, stating that it had taken that owner 35 years to assemble these 4 pieces. No other shapes have been discovered.
And to end on a high note: While the collection was spectacular, this final photo takes the collection to a whole different level! As was mentioned earlier, this couple is the most fond of honey dishes. This is a pair of LACY GOTH ARCH AND HEART rectangular honey dishes WITH UNDERPLATES and with both styles of lids that were made! The one on the left is the DOMED COVER, the one on the right is the STEPPED COVER. These were both made by Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., circa 1835-1845. The matching trays are called LACY HEART TRAY and they are the correct trays for these two dishes. These are shown in the Barlow & Kaiser series on B&S Glass as illustration #3245 & #3247. They are also shown in Ruth Webb Lee’s book on Sandwich Glass, plate #168.
All photos by Dave Peterson, copyright 2008. No photos can be used without permission.