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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I've been be meaning to do some "public service" posts for pieces I have which are labeled and often attributed other makers. sometimes several other makers. One of these is a milk glass zipper and jewel, or zipper and button, labeled vase that I have which was made by McKee Glass. My hand was forced today when I found another version of this vase in crystal which is often attributed to Phoenix Glass Co. as made for K.R. Haley Glassware Co. in 1948. Both vases are about 7" h x 6 1/8" w, but the "Phoenix" vase is maybe an eighth of an inch taller. The base and the bottoms of the vases differ, but otherwise are very similar. I've seen both attributed to several makers and the McKee vase confused with the other vase. I think the "Phoenix" vase may also have been made in milk glass. So, based on this label, it should now be possible to distinguish the McKee vase from the "Phoenix" vase, but I can't prove who the non-McKee vase was made by. It is possible that several makers copied this vase and McKee may have used another maker's mold to make their vase. Comments welcome. I am marking this as a mystery since the maker of one of these vases is not proven.

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    1. Gillian, 4 years ago
      The label says 'Early American Glass'. How did they know when they made it that it was 'Early'?
    2. Newfld Newfld, 4 years ago
      Beautiful vases
    3. kwqd kwqd, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the comments Gillian and Newfld!

      "McKee Early American Milk Glassware" is the name of a product line put out by McKee. There are several examples on Ebay, Etsy and Worthpoint of other products from this line bearing the same label.

      Thanks for the loves Caperkid, racer4four, Newfld and TimeTraveller!
    4. wasaby21, 4 years ago
      I actually picked up a similar piece in Alabama a couple of weeks ago. It measure 7 1/8'' tall and has a fired on Transuluscent green, kind like Fire King Vitrock vases, but much more detailed, transluscent, and has a satin finish. The injection hole at the bottom is similar to McKee, but appears to be more melted (although this could have just been a single instance that occurred). I have not been able to find any with a fired on satin finish of any kind or color. The seller did not know the maker either and I grabbed it because it was unique and unlike anything I have seen before, with all of the elements present. I wish I could attach a photo. Thank you for making this posting, as it has at least given me a starting point. Both pieces of yours are beautiful, thank you for sharing. ????

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