Posted 4 years ago
I acquired this dark little vase in a trade today from a fellow vendor. It just appealed to me. I really wasn't sure what it was at first. I had been told it was Japanese export ware but somehow I thought that wasn't the case. It's "cold painted" pressed glass so the fact that the paint was still mostly intact was really nice. A bit of research finally pulled up images as a "Goofus Glass" vase made by the Indiana Glass Co. Most people are familiar with their marigold carnival glass but this was their early original version of carnival glass and was given away at movie theaters, carnivals, and as premiums for just about any major purchase. I really like the bird and grape pattern and the dark aged original paint. Still I think it has an Asian vibe about it even if it is "Goofus" glass. -Mike-
The Indiana Glass Company was "officially born" in 1907
Courtesy of indianaglass.carnivalheaven.com
The Indiana Glass Company made pressed and blown glassware. They made lamps and press molded decorative plates and bowls. Indiana Glass is believed to be the longest producer of "Goofus Glass".
For those of you that are not familiar with Goofus Glass, Goofus Glass was a VERY inexpensive way to make colored, decorative glass. Pressed, patterned glass items were "cold painted" (not fired) and the paint was not permanent. If used or washed, the paint soon flaked off. A bowl or plate was painted gold on the exterior and the pattern on the interior was filled in with paint. Red and gold seemed to be the standard colors and sometimes green.
In 1919, Indiana Glass added more vases to their line. Indiana Glass did not make it easy for anyone to trace their past. Another pattern that is believed to be made by the Indiana Glass Company is the "Bird and Grape Pattern". This pattern was made in goofus vases, goofus wallpockets and carnival glass wall pockets as well. Their Goofus vases are highly collectible now and much loved among Goofus Glass collectors. Their "Fancy Decorated Lamps" are also highly prized among glass collectors.