I’m pretty good a recognizing a quality piece of vintage glass, but I’m not very good at identifying it. I just can’t even begin to figure out what search terms to use. I mean…it’s glass, right? And it’s …umm….. yeah, I don’t know.
I enjoy watching Michelle Levinson of Thrifting 101 on YouTube and I’m amazed by how she can identify the manufacturer and date of origin, and even an approximate value. I’m sure it’s the result of hours of study and research, but she makes it look effortless. Luckily for me, I found a Facebook group dedicated to vintage glass identification, and I am watching–and more importantly learning–in the back ground.
Last Friday I picked up a beautiful piece of glass at the Thrift on Kent for $1, and I just knew it was a great pick! But I have knowledge of the details – maker, date, value. So I posted a few photos of my find (and a few other recent picks) and this is what I’ve learned. It’s 6.25″ across. Imperial Lace Edge no. 7455B Belled Nappy, Blue Opalescent, early 1930s. Hazel Marie Weatherman , author of Colored Glassware of the Depression Era, called this pattern Sugar Cane. It came in several colours: Amber, Crystal, Ritz Blue, Green Opalescent, and Green.
This ruffled bowl is 5.75″ tall, and about 6.75″ across. It has an iridescent sheen to it. There are no discernible markings. The good folks on Facebook identified it as Hearts and Flowers pattern by Northwood in pearl iridescent glass, circa 1912.
This is marked Fenton. 7.5″ tall, and 6.25″ across. I had it filled with glittering Christmas balls as part of my holiday decor. I paid $2 for it at a thrift store. It is a no. 9222 CG Comport. Since it has a logo, it likely would have been made in 1972 or 1973. 1973 is the last year these were produced. This pattern was a copy of the Tiffin/US Glass “Rose” line. Frank Fenton had new molds made when he discovered the pattern and fell in love with it. It was originally called “Roses” but later catalogues called it Rose. The colour is “Colonial Green” – sooooo 1970s!
No markings that I can detect. 6.5″ wide, 3″ tall. This diamond shaped compote is by Indiana Glass in “Pineapple and Floral”. I saw a photo of the same piece in milk glass…I waaaaant one!
This is black with no markings I can detect. 3.5″ across, 3″ tall. Hazel Atlas produced this depression glass pattern in the mid-1930s under the name of Cloverleaf. The major pattern has a band of three-leaf clovers encircling each piece. Here’s a link to the official Hazel Atlas website. This sherbet bowl came in several colours: green, yellow, and pink.
Overall, 5.5″ across and about 2.5″ high. A member of the identification group commented: “This looks to be Anchor Hocking Vitrock, aka Flower Rim. From the 1930s.” This helpful opinion gave me enough information to do some more research. This creamer is Vitrock by Hocking Glass, and was made between 1934-1937, making it authentic Depression Glass.
I had REALLY tried to be a little less spendy this past week – and focus more on selling some stuff! I’m going on vacation in less than three weeks, so it would be nice to have a little extra “mad money”, but I’m incorrigible!
However, despite the LENGTH of the video, I did make fewer purchases – I swear!
Now, for my find of the week! I am restyling a spare bedroom in a “nautical” theme to match the octopus dresser I painted. Initially, I was horrified by the $19.99 price tag, but then I saw the original tag!
I started video taping my thrift store finds recently. Okay – so I’m not all that great at it….yet! I can get better. I figured out how to embed a video into my blog post, so hey! anything is possible!
Something you’re always going to see in my thrift hauls is cookie cutters. I have cornered the market on cookie cutters. I cannot pass by a cookie cutter. Fortunately for me, my compulsion is validated now that I have found that there is a society of cookie cutter collectors, and even a cookie cutter museum! Here’s an interesting article about cookie cutters. I’ll be checking out Pinterest to find ideas to display and enjoy my collection – currently, they are simply filling drawers.
It would be a rare thing indeed if I didn’t find and include some English transfer ware in my videos. They are beautiful little pieces of art! I like all of the colours, but I hope to be able to find some purple pieces one day soon! I’ve only seen photos, never one “in the wild”. I was able to find out some more information about the bowl with the green transfer of the toby jug and pipe: it’s a pattern called “The Old Curiosity Shop” that was produced in the U.S. in the 50s. From what I can determine, it only came in this green colour. Check out eBay for a look at other images to be found on this china. I like the clocks! According to some posts I’ve read on other websites, this china was sold in individual pieces at A&P. It makes me happy to know that these lovely and collectible pieces were so accessible to their first purchasers, which means that there are plenty out there for serious fanatics to find at thrift shops and estate sales and auctions!
In the video, I talked about the mark on the milk glass cream and sugar as being a “WC” – well, what I’ve since learned is that it is actually a “stacked WG” for the Westmoreland Glass company, and indicates pieces produced between the 1940s to 1960s. Collecting milk glass has become really hot recently – though I’m not sure why. Twenty years ago when the Jadite phenomenon happened, it was because of Martha Stewart – she and her daughter have HUGE collections! I wonder if some celebrity decorator has been the spur for the increased interest? Anyway – there’s lots of articles online about milk glass, and how to collect it, and values of it, and how to distinguish old milk glass from new milk glass. I like that it’s still so easy to find inexpensive milk glass, and I’m always delighted to find an unusual piece.
I keep my office supplies in milk glass vessels on my desk at work. Having something especially pretty to keep me organized helps me to feel like I really have got my stuff together!
According the website Pyrex Passion – my Butterfly Gold patterned mugs were produced in the mid 70s. This website provides a comprehensive guide to identifying and dating Pyrex patterns. The blog attached to this website is really interesting too! I recently sold two Pyrex bowls–pink Gooseberry ‘cinderella’ shaped bowls–and here is an article with beautiful photos of examples–to a collector who had to drive some way to cheerfully trade me $40 for two old bowls! I offered to show her some other Pyrex that I had kicking around – but she ONLY wanted pink!
Here’s the basic cleaning supplies that I use for freshening up thrifty vintage purchases. The video posted below demonstrates how I give new life to dirty and dingy enamel ware, milk glass, and grubby bisque ornaments.
It’s well worth your time to give the icky items a good look to see if there is something beautiful under that layer of dirt. One example from today is a vintage Pyrex mixing bowl that I picked up today for $2.50 – a wildly inexpensive price. (I’ll show it off in my next thrift haul video!)
At the end of the video, I’m trying to decide whether to leave the enamel coffee pot “as is” or whether I should let it stand with a bleach solution in it. Well, I’m glad I made the effort – the interior of the pot is sparkling!