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    Posted 3 months ago

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    This is a celery or pickle dish...10 1/2 in long by 5 in wide. Very heavy, very thick, and with gold along the edge. It has a very deep pattern consisting of a band of diamonds in the middle with a 7 point star with a "trail" tagging along behind. I believe it to be pressed but cannot find any signs of seams. Several good bubbles and much surface wear to the base. Nearly 2 in shear mark Any info would be greatly appreciated :)

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    1. TallCakes TallCakes, 3 months ago
      New Martinsville #711 Tobin c1909
    2. Sharky, 3 months ago
      Thank you Tallcakes :) You are a wealth of knowledge on this site.
    3. Paul71 Paul71, 2 months ago
      It is NM's No. 711, but Tobin is an AKA for the pattern; so, No. 711, AKA Tobin.

      What collectors call flint glass contains lead. It's heavy and gives off a bell-tone ring. Its use in glassware in the U.S. was being phased out in the 1860s. By 1870, nearly all American glass factories switched over to the cheaper soda lime formula. It was lighter and did not give off a bell-like ring, but it much cheaper and was easier to work with, and thus began the era of more intricate (many of which were naturalistic) patterns. The use of lead in glassware in Europe lasted longer, into the 1880s; perhaps even some into the early 1890s.

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