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Posted 6 years ago


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This pitcher's been in our family for a very long time. It's really pretty; the sun has turned it a light amethyst color. It is just beautiful in the sunlight and I think of my Grandmother when I loook at this pitcher. My Grandmother just loved her "Butterfly" pitcher and so do I.

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  1. mike, 6 years ago
    This is more rare than you may think..hold on tight to it!
  2. Toots, 6 years ago
    I keep the picher in a glass front cabinet with a couple of other large pieces of marigold colored glass, all from my Grandmother. I would really like to know more history/imformation about the water pitcher. Appreciate any additional information. Thank you Mike, for taking your time to comment. :-)
  3. TallCakes, 6 years ago
    this is EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) the pattern is "Butterfly" by United States Glass Company, ca.1908. It is U. S. Glass #6406. Try to keep it out of the sun because that is what has turned it the purple color; serious collectors of EAPG stay away from sun-purpled glass and consider it to be 'damaged'.
  4. Toots Toots, 6 years ago
    Thank you TallCakes for sharing your knowledge! This is exactly the information I was hoping to find on my Butterfly pitcher. WOW 1908 and even an item number! It's in a cabinet now, glass front but not in the sun. That's just wild that it's considered damaged by the sun; I think it's prettier with a little color tint. Oh well, beauty in the eyes of this beholder... :-)
  5. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
    There was a time when tons of EAPG was was intentionally turned purple. And there are folks that do collect it still; so I didn't mean to intimate that is was not valued. It is just that those who consider themselves 'serious' EAPG collectors stay away from sun purpled glass.
  6. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
    Some Glassware made between 1885 to 1915 contained Oxides of Manganese as part of the glass mixture which caused the Amethyst tint. Sunlight will accentuate (deepen) the effects of the manganese so it is better to keep it out of Sunlight. Dealers who artificially "Amethyse" their glassware are finding that NO ONE is buying it. LOU

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