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1893... This advertisement is from C.M Linington wholesale catalog. The advertisement is from the Lee Marple article found in the AGG magazine.

Image two is found in the 1893 C.M. Linington illustration on the bottom row, first example on the left. The blue basket has white spatter decor with an embossed quilted pattern on the melon shape bowl and just below the crimped rim is an embossed swirl pattern. This is the same embossed pattern also used on the vases in images three and four. Pink stripes and Yellow marble with white spatter are the decors. The melon shaped bodies have the quilted diamond pattern and on the stem of each vase is a swirl pattern.

This Bohemian glass for commercial export was just not for baskets. Other shapes were mass produced. The manipulation of colour, embossed pattern, form of shape and applied decoration are of excellent craftsmanship showing many steps were taken to produce such a product. The pink stripe and yellow decors are very popular in various shapes that are found in quantity.

Talk about variety. There is many vases, bowls and baskets shapes found in these decors. The yellow marble was still being produced in 1928. In the BB Fall 1928 BB basket advertisement in the WVMOAG catalog, Monograpgh No. 121 shows a certain shape is produced in yellow marble, but the embossed decor on the melon (16 rib) shape is done in threaded pressed pattern or also known as a fine rib pattern.

Pink and blue marble spatter decors are also found in various shapes. The pink stripe was also produced in blue. I see the blue striped decor more in baskets than I have in vases.

Many decors were repeated for a number of years on various shapes. The design of the shape I believe did have modifications to keep up with the marketable trend. During the years of Henry Ford success, automobiles each year would have modification changes to improve the product while keeping up with the competition to give a simple analogy.

To have such a long running product, I tend to believe it was from a glass manufacture that was big enough to keep up with the supply in demand for many years and had a very good relationship with merchant wholesale companies. The idea of a catalog was to be a "traveling salesman" to fill orders quickly. So again, a glass manufacture as such would be mass producing.


  1. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 1 year ago
    yup, exactly. it's one of the reasons you see so many duplications between many of the bohemian companies. They'd need massive amounts of supply and they'd spread the order out over various companies.
  2. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Elisa. With the examples shown above, I think this is from one Bohemian glass company. To say who? going to sit this one out for now. I do agree Bohemian glass companies did produced same decors, but the shape is going to be different. Not to go off topic, but the trophy vases are a great example to show the progression through the years of how the shape shifted. I think the shapes started out with curves during 1890's and after 1900, the shape shifted into modern straight lines. Given I know I could be wrong and that shape is a another subject. Still waiting to find where other examples lead.
  3. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thank you, Sean!!!! :)
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 1 year ago
    This is what I call Bohemian Victorian. It was made by everybody, including Moser, Harrach, Ruckl, Welz, but not Loetz (that we know of).
  5. epson233 epson233, 1 year ago
    love the crimping on these items -- very pretty
  6. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    THANKS for the educational post Leah!

  7. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    another awesome post! you go with your bad self!!
  8. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks Autumn. I love the pattern on these pieces also. Swirls by it's self are a common pattern to find, but the diamond with the swirls is not as common.

    Hey Scott. Thanks again. Glad you enjoyed. I know you collect this type of glass and hopefully it will shed some light.

    Al, the romance of glass never ends... ;)

    Thanks, Gary! (speechless, again... lol)

    Thanks Scott, TxSilver, MustangTony, and Charlie for the loves.
  9. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Hey Sean! Great. I woke up to snow on the ground. Love to see everything white. Sweet of you to ask. What is going on in your corner of the world today? :)
  10. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    lol Oh, well let me send you my address! ;) Glad you are having a great day. Wish you many more.
  11. Alfredo Alfredo, 1 year ago
    I am so glad that we are finally beginning to understand the impossibility of just going around and saying this is this and that is that! And, to boot, thanks to Leah, now we know there were several USA Czech importers, not just BB.
  12. charcoal charcoal, 1 year ago
    The earliest catalog print we have is 1891 from Falker & Stern Wholesale.
    There are also 1892, 1895, and 1897 Butler Brothers Wholesale, 1894 Pitkin & Brooks Wholesale, and 1894 Zernith Wholesale. Portions of these catalogs are reprinted in a publication named All About Glass, July 2004, Vol. II No. 2.
  13. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks Al, but it's a group effort. ;)
  14. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    yayyy you got snow finally! hope it was enough for josh to make snowmen
  15. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thank, G. No snowmen or snow angels, just enough to get out of school. lol Half of the snow melted by noon.
  16. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
  17. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    That's okay. Josh has a 3 day weekend!
  18. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Amazing to see from the pictures that you have the exact same piece as in a lot of your pages, glad to see you use books well to advantage for your beautiful collection. Glass really is magical !~Phil.
    Love the wood base stands here also. I saw a whole collection of chinese stands on line at an auction last month and was bidding, but I had a bidder who probably needed them a lot more than me.
  19. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 12 months ago
    Thank you, Phil. Sorry, I missed your comment. Better luck next time at the auction. Keep looking! Baskets have been a lot of fun for me to research I will admit. The catalogs have indeed helped with knowing the origin and date. Always a joy to hear from you. :)
  20. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 11 months ago
    The blue basket is at the Passau Museum under Harrach for what is worth.
  21. Katzl Katzl, 6 months ago
    I have got the same basket like the blue one, but mine is yellow!
    How interesting to see it in the catalogue, and to learn something about it!

  22. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 6 months ago
    Thank you, and I would love to see your basket, Katzl! Please share when you can.
  23. Katzl Katzl, 6 months ago
    Here is my basket! :)

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