Glass Shards Review

The following review was published in
GLASS SHARDS, Newsletter of the National American Glass Club
in the Spring, 2003 issue.
Written by Alice Walsh, Editor:

Dave Peterson’s much anticipated book, VASELINE GLASS: CANARY TO CONTEMPORARY is indeed “the comprehensive guide to yellow-green Pattern Glass, Art Glass and Novelties from 1840 – present.” (Antique Publications, 2002, The Glass Press, Inc.)
Mr. Peterson is a well known authority in the glass collecting world, especially amongst the rapidly growing number of Vaseline Glass collectors. He edits the popular publication, GLOWING REPORT (, which provides the latest research, updates on new glass production and even keeps readers up-to-date on recent auction results. With his new book, he has assured himself a place among other invaluable glass researchers such as William Heacock and Gene Florence.
His book provides us with hundreds of well-executed photographs, covering the entire history of this glass type. Many are rare examples from private collections and are seen here for the first time. Examples range from the beginning in 19th century Bohemia, to the American companies, Gibson and Summit, circa 2002. Some of the more spectacular pieces shown date to the Art Glass period in Europe and the US.
But, the substance of the book is in the research. He carefully documents all the patterns made in Vaseline Glass at over 40 different glass factories, noting company advertisements and catalog pages. He also includes the historical background of each of the manufacturers.
CANARY TO CONTEMPORARY will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable research tool and collector’s guide.
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