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Posted 1 year ago


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In the Butler Brothers 1904 Summer catalog is an advertisement for a "Alligator Crackle" pitcher and tumbler set from Kralik. Nice ball shape pitcher with applied green threading through out. Polished pontil on the bottom of the flat base. Pitcher is 8" tall.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    So "Crocodile" at Loetz became "Alligator" at Kralik?

    Nice pick-up Leah!
    Different "Crackle" processes.
    This one is applied, the other moulded.
    Imitating leather finishes?
  2. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Gary and Charlie for the loves... :)
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Ah ha! The chicken and the egg? So the time sequence is different too? On the net there is a reference to the Moser design as early as 1898. Or are they making it up too? I'm reminded of the impressed leather crocodile finishes on school bags here in Australia in the fifties.
    I note on Al's site that there are a series (six?) of jug shapes:
    How many different finishes?
    How many did Kralik do?
  4. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Kevin! Misunderstood the Loetz date of production and is a good mystery question to ask if "Crocodile" at Loetz became "Alligator" at Kralik? Back at yah, on the nice pick up! Totally different decors and shape. The Kralik pitcher is a blank mould with applied threading and yes, the Loetz version is moulded.

    Just a thought: Crocodiles have a narrow shaped head and Alligators have a rounder shaped head to know the difference. Maybe the design of the shape is how the name was established? ;) IDK, but the thought humors me, because the Loetz pitcher shape is narrow and Kralik is a round shaped pitcher.
  5. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Kevin, indeed I wrong with the 1906 date. Al told me the Loetz Crocodile design existed in 1902. Loetz was surely before Kralik. So is Loetz the egg or the chicken? ;)
  6. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks again, Sean and Best Wishes to you in the New Year. :)
  7. Alfredo Alfredo, 1 year ago
    An explanation is needed. Croc Crackle was a term I thought I had coined up to describe Kralik's very rough crackle, as opposed to its "soft" crackle . The term "Krystal Krocodil" was used by Loetz for it series of pitchers(3173 etc). As far as I know, there is no evidence Kralik called its rough crackle "Croc".

    On another note, this pitcher eerily reminds me of the small Rindskopf Silveria Leah gave me! Simply because the green on frosted white is quite similar to the green on white frit on mine.
  8. epson233 epson233, 1 year ago
    interesting commentaries -- croc or alligator -- either way it makes the beverage inside look frostie --
  9. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Scott, Al, Autumn, TxSilver, Mac, and Inky for loves...
  10. Maggadora Maggadora, 1 year ago
    It´s beautiful! Now I see that this item and my vase are related :)
  11. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Yes, I would agree. "Alligator" is an advertisement name from BB. During the 1890's, Butler Brothers also advertised spangle glass during the holidays as "Snowflake."

    Thanks again to EVERYONE who gave some love and shared their comments.

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