Posted 3 years ago
This elegant Liquor or Fruit Cocktail glass has me amazed and puzzled. I only have one such piece and acquired it by chance but the interesting thing is how rare it seems to be. I first found an ad described in "Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2" by Hazel Marie Weatherman. On page 44 of this book, they discuss various patterns of "Central Glass Works". On page 45 is the ad for what appears to be a wine glass in this pattern, next to another glass with a beaded stem. This etching pattern is called "Sheila" and the beaded stem glass is called "David". The ad states, "For the year 1932 we offer new creations in Stemware lines and Plate Etchings, also New Rock Crystal Cuttings." Titled "Old Central Quality." Below the ad is a caption that reads, "1931 ad".
This made me seek out the only book on Central Glass Works, for that period called, "Central Glass Works, The Depression Era" by Tim Schmidt. In this book on page 84, the author makes up a name for both stems in the same ad and questions whether Central Glass Works ever made these glasses, in that same ad.
I even provided Replacements Ltd with my photos of the glass and they have used it to identify that pattern, "Sheila" in their Central Glass Works section. I have searched extensively and cant find another one like it. It is such an unusual and gorgeous piece. I wonder if somewhere glasses like this sit on someone's shelf and no one knows what they have in their possession. If anyone knows more than what I do please send me an email.