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Posted 4 years ago


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Tom Dugan and his brother were nephews of the great British glassmaker John Northwood, of Portland vase fame. Therefore, they were exposed to the massive influx of Czech glass flooding England at this time.

Once in America, they determined to create art glass that would be accessible to the masses, unlike the high end Czech glass of the period. In advertisements, it was touted as comparable to Tiffany and "the finest imported glass".

I decided to test such a claim:

1.Extremely high end Loetz Ast glass, 14" tall, surrounded by Dugan look-alikes.

2. Stunning Rindskopf fan vase . . . and the Dugan look-alikes.

3. Rindskopf tricorn vase . . . and its Dugan version.

4. Tall 13 Kralik vase with striped frit . . . and a Dugan decor interpretation.

Remember the Dugan blue Starburst? Well, Kralik has a decor in which white frit is applied in bursts over green glass!


  1. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 4 years ago
    Great articles, Al - I will be re-reading this many times!
  2. Micmac, 4 years ago
    Nice glass objects:)
  3. dasullywon dasullywon, 4 years ago
    Al: I have a Dugan in the same shape (and size?) as the one in #4; but it is in a decor I have never seen in Dugan. I will post it soon; and I'd like to know what this decor is called, if you happen to know. Thanks!
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    I f you are referring to the one of the extreme right on the last photo, I also have it in purple.
  5. IVAN49 IVAN49, 4 years ago
    This is what I call a serious research; recognizing décor elements, comparing them, classifying, and in a particular point in time. As for Dugan, interestingly, not too many tall pieces were made. Glass itself is not an expensive material to work with, possibly big molds were more expensive to make. I would really like to know what they thought when decided between 4`` and 10`` or so. Dugan shapes and décor: this is exactly what glass is meant for and what was done in Ancient Rome and well understood by Dugan; glass is not a canvas to paint on it. The beauty of glass itself. In a word, I fell in love with this glass, and Al knows it is not only Dugan.
  6. nrkrupp nrkrupp, 4 years ago
    The yellow vase on the extreme right is now mine, purchased from Al. It is one of my favorites. I also have the fairly common purple and also one in ice blue which I believe to be rare.
  7. dasullywon dasullywon, 4 years ago
    The vase I was referring to IS the one on the extreme right; that as I learned is now owned by nrkrupp. I will post my "mystery" dugan in a few minutes. It is red.
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    Red, in that shape? I wanna it! But I bet Nancy does too. By the way, gang, she coauthored an article on Dugan with me for David Doty's Carnival website.
  9. Alfredo Alfredo, 3 years ago
    I'd rather not be a "jack of all trades". I know what I like and I can afford at this sad point of my life (retired, old, ill)--. So I say, Czech. If imperial or Dugan, not Carnival.

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