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Early American Pattern Glass85 of 609EAPG CollectionLarge Bryce Higbee "Gem" Compote
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    Posted 2 years ago

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    I really enjoy the "character" this piece offers. I believe it's Duncan and Sons #800 "Heavy Paneled Finecut" circa. 1883. Most collectors would prefer that it matches as a set; it displays better and would maybe be worth more. We treasure these sets today....but in their time...they were put to use on a daily basis. So if a Victorian-era housewife dropped one whilst salting her husband's dinner....she simply purchased a replacement. Maybe borrowed one from a neighbor.....enjoy!

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    1. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      nice .............
    2. Sharky, 2 years ago
      Thank you Roycroftbooksfromme1 ;) I want your opinion, It's clear the 2 amber and the blue are not original to the stand/base you think the remaining green one is? It looks to me to be slightly paler in color than the base.....but the base being thicker glass may intensify the green color. Thoughts?
    3. Paul71 Paul71, 2 years ago
      This isn't George Duncan & Sons No. 800. Similar, though. It was made by Adams & Company around 1885-1887. There are two all-glass caster sets they made that are very similar: Paragon (the original name) and one collectors call "Ashman" or "Crossroads." The base defines those. Yours is the latter. See the little X design in the center of the base? That's Ashman/Crossroads. Paragon has a little fan or plume in that area.Otherwise, the two caster sets are the same. Interesting little theory about the colors you have going here, but these sets originally were made in all one color or with a mixture of colors. Original colors were clear, amber, blue, canary, and "apple green." I have original catalog pages that prove sets were made in mixed colors. An original set was made up of an oil bottle with stopper, a mustard, a salt shaker, and a pepper shaker. You have two mustards there. So, you are missing an oil bottle with stopper. My bet is that this was one of the sets made with assorted colors, and the original oil bottle to this set was canary (original term for what collectors now call "vaseline").

      About the paler green color: colors varied quite a bit in this era. Quality control wasn't the same as it is now. But, the bottle are thinner glass (mould blown), and the base much thicker pressed glass. That alone is most likely the reason for the intensity of color.
    4. Sharky, 2 years ago
      Thank you Paul71. You are correct.....the patterns are VERY similar. I wasn't aware of the oil bottle till I begin to research the sets. So they actually sold the base with various colored pieces? Interesting....
    5. Paul71 Paul71, 2 years ago
      You're welcome, Sharky

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