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    Posted 8 years ago

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    This glass type comes up often in discussion by many names and almost as many attributions. Samuel Clarke, British candle maker, called this pattern "Zebra" in his 1890 catalog. It comes in both fairy and pyramid sizes with clear Clark Lamp cups and sometimes with a matching lamp cup and bases. According to Clarke's catalog, it came in pink, blue and green, red and yellow, and mottled.

    In addition to potential British and Bohemian manufacturers, there is a theory that many of this type (not all) were made by the Northwood and Phoenix Glass Companies in the US.

    Additional information or documentation is always welcomed.


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    1. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      GREAT glass. I like the colors-- here are some examples in my collection:

    2. IMASapp IMASapp, 8 years ago

      I had seen your collection. It is the very reason I posted these examples. While there are probably many sources of this glass type, one of my Club members wrote an article several years ago suggesting a Northwood connection. I'll dig it up and put it on-line for you. Keeping in mind, it is but one of many theories.

    3. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks jim-- I would have an interest in seeing the article.

    4. IMASapp IMASapp, 8 years ago

      There were two articles written in 2001-2002. I have combined them into one document and put them on-line for you at:

      Please keep in mind that these articles were written over thirteen years ago and represent a theory related to Northwood's production of fairy lamps. They contain no definitive information such as catalogs, design books, or advertisements.

    5. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks-- I appreciate the link!

    6. welzebub, 7 years ago
      The shape of the bowl rim in the third image is a rim crimping style I have been looking at for about a year now. I have linked several decors in this style of bowl, and also some vases, to Welz and their decors. Because of it's appearance from directly above, I refer to the crimp as a "Snowflake" crimp. It is quite distinctive and not all that commonly seen. I recently saw an example of the crimp style on a vase with a ribbed ball foot design, a foot design I consider to be a marker for Welz production.
    7. IMASapp IMASapp, 7 years ago
      I have several of these bowls in different decors. I'll put together some pics for you.

    8. welzebub, 7 years ago
      I posted this, which may be of interest to you:

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