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Posted 1 year ago


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For many years these examples have been thought to be from different makers. In the first image I have seen this spangle bowl attributed to Hobbs. Second image with the overshot basket could be mistaken for Boston Sandwich. The last cased basket with pink swirl has been attributed to British "Cottage Glass" from the Stourbridge region.

This story begins with looking at the first image. A 1891 black and white advertisement from Falker & Stern from the MVMOAG, "All About Glass, Vol.2 No.2" article by Lee Marples.

In the AGG article are pictured a few examples from Lee Marple for the 1891 Falkner & Stern catalog ad which is a "yellow/opal with entrapped mica" basket. The shape of the bowl (with out handle) from Marples example is the second image. Please view pic above. The yellow/opal bowl does glow a neon green under a black light.

There is also a pink/opal spangle basket shape from the Lee Marple examples pictured in the AAG article and the blue overshot basket is the same shape as the pink/opal basket. Please view the third image.

The last basket pictured is pink swirl decor in cased glass and has an embossed puffy swirl shape that will be compared in two parts from the 1891 advertisement. To compare with the pink swirl basket, look at the 1891 advertisement. The first basket from the "Gypsy Flower Baskets" ad shows a swirl decor and the shape on the right at the bottom of the "Mosaic Flower Baskets" ad matches the pink swirl shape including the rim and handle.

Shape illustration examples from the wholesale advertisements will often show one or two shapes from the item description. In the description the ad will describe the order received to the merchant is more than one shape and colour. More than likely it was the Bohemian glass export manufacture who selected the assortment of wares.

"Assortment" is always described in most of the advertisements I have found. A key to understand many variations from the basket shape sold from the advertisement could have a different handle, decor, colour or shape on the rim. This would apply to other shapes such as a bowl or vase described from a wholesale catalog. The difference between baskets and vases or bowls would be there is no handle of course. If there was an applied decoration such as rigaree or rosettes there would an assortment sold from the wholesale catalog. Hand painted decors would apply also.

The first advertisement from the 1891 Falker & Stern:
"They sell every month in the year. Made of Imported Bohemian glass, in charming tints, and beautiful shapes. Height; 5-1/2 inches. Four differed styles. 1/2 Dozen ASSORTED in a bundle."

Notice the "Gypsy Flower Baskets" ad states, "They sell every month in the year." and this would indicate this was mass produced and was a continuing item in production. As there are many shapes found in certain decors, I believe decors and shapes were repeated for many years.

The second advertisement from the 1891 Falker Stern:
"Our cut gives a faint idea of their richness and elegance. Made of the lovely Mottled glass, in a variety of odd shapes and colours. Nothing common looking about these. Stands 7-1/2" high. We have a fine ASSORTMENT of shapes and colors, if ordered at once."

There are two black and white illustrated baskets to go with the 1891 Falker & Stern, "Mosaic Flower Baskets" advertisement. Everything described is plural and "assortment" is described again. Mottled would represent spangle, spatter or overshot. In a separate 1892 Butler Brothers "Santa Claus" wholesale advertisement describes spangle glass as having a "Snow Flake" effect to increase holiday sales. Two different wholesale catalogs a year apart with different description, but both describe each order will be purchased as ASSORTED.

Pink swirl can be found in a number of shapes and it is also produced on Blue swirl. The next article to follow will be on baskets from C.M. Linington Catalog in 1893. There will be a pink swirl vase set that will match with an embossed decor found on the basket example to follow.

Of the examples shown to consider they are Bohemian Art Glass from the Victorian era.

(Thanks again, Nelson for planting the seed....)


  1. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    Great post..thanks for sharing :)
  2. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Gary. :) I love your new post too. Those prunts are very cool. Great colour.
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 1 year ago
    Needless to say, I am now in the process of trying to get every issue of the magazine. Much of what passes off as American or British in terms of Victorian glass is really Bohemian. A whole paradigm must be changed. It will take years . . . (think of "Powolny".
  4. epson233 epson233, 1 year ago
    another fire lit -- always interesting
  5. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    GREAT post.

    Thanks again, leah!

  6. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Al.. hopefully not to many years, but change is in motion.

    Thanks, Autumn! Glad you think so. ;)

    Thanks, Scott! I appreciate your compliment.

    Thanks to EVERYONE for the Loves too!
  7. knight-ritter, 1 year ago
    Hi, Leah! maybe I should check you out more than 1ce every 3 months, you think? My bad! What a GREAT job you've done in your follow-up analysis and discussions of the 19th C Bohemian Victorian handled baskets. You take your place along with Miller and Marple in investigating this genre! Nelson
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 1 year ago
  9. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 12 months ago
    Thank you, Phil!

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