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    Posted 2 months ago

    WesternPA-…
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    Years ago back in the 2000's I found this mint crystal glass piece buried in some rubble of the Old Overholt whiskey distillery. I don't know what company made it but it's a very beautiful piece. I wonder about the things it has seen and the stories it could tell. There is only one gap in the glass on the edge. At first I thought that was for a cigar ashtray but have now learned it was a base for a wall lamp / sconce, thanks to "keramikos" on Collectors Weekly. That being said, it could still make a functional ashtray anyhow.

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    1. Broochman Broochman, 2 months ago
      It might be thousand eye or boopie glass?
    2. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      Broochman, good call. I'm leaning toward thousand eye. Boopie would be when there's a ring of beads around the outer edge only.
    3. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Yup, Thousand Eye, or Boopie? It's got the overall pattern of large hobs like Thousand Eye, but the chunkiness of Boopie.

      I actually found a twin, and the seller called it Boopie, but I suspect they were just guessing:

      *snip*

      Vintage 1950's Boopie Glass Ashtray, trinket tray. Pristine. 5" diameter.

      *snip*

      https://www.varagesale.com/i/9xzpmzqx-vintage-1950-s-boopie-glass-ashtray-trinket-tray-pristine-5-diameter
    4. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      keramikos I'm impressed that you managed to find the exact one. Says it sold for only $5.00. I really think it's older than 1950's. The distillery this came from was vacating the location in the 1950's.
    5. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      WesternPA-Collector, I was surprised myself to find it.

      I suspect the seller was just guessing as to the pattern name and once they guessed Boopie, that locked them into guessing 1950s as the vintage:

      *snip*

      From the many articles I’ve read, it seems the original name was Berwick and was created around 1950, but most people are only familiar with the name Boopie (which was coined by Hazel Marie Weatherman, who in the 1970’s published several books on depression era glassware).

      *snip*

      http://bargainhuntingandtreasureseeking.blogspot.com/2010/02/is-it-boopie-or-candlewick.html

      What is the manufacturer/pattern name/age of this fascinating piece? I just don't know.
    6. TallCakes TallCakes, 2 months ago
      can see the bubble/ball motif here is somewhat similar to boopie/Berwick... did see a very similar piece listed as a lamp base:
      https://www.ebay.com/itm/392297251486
    7. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      keramikos, I get it now. After reading the bargainhuntingandtreasureseeking article, I can see that this is a Boopie or Berwick pattern on the outer edge, but inside it's Candlewick!

      TallCakes that is very similar. The main difference with theirs, I don't see a gap in the glass on the edge, between the bubbles. Theirs is definitely something-lamp related.
    8. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      WesternPA-Collector, I keep looking at this, and it just looks like Boopie to me, because of the thickness. The individual elements around the border aren't spherical, they're more like capsules, just as in the more typical Boopie ashtray:

      https://www.bigashtray.com/product/retro-nova-boopie-ashtray-set-in-iridized-blue-glass/

      Perhaps this was a design that was never put into production, and that's why there aren't more examples? Dunno why they wouldn't have put such a cool design into production.

      Here's a piece about the old Overholt Distillery with some great pictures (dunno if this is the right one):

      http://www.lostamericana.com/blog/the-old-overholt-distillery-one-of-the-coolest-places-ive-photographed/
    9. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      keramikos, I agree with you on that, regarding the border. But then there's four inner rings of bumps that aren't connected together the way Boopie wouild be. That's why I think it is two styles in one. I'm pretty sure the distillery could have gotten this piece specially made for them only. Especially if they bought more of them in bulk. They weren't lacking for money in their prime. They were owned by both Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Mellon. Thanks for the link to the photos. That is the right place. I've also been all through it and photographed it over many years. Some of my photos are here:

      https://www.deviantart.com/rails-trails-urbex/gallery/66026771/the-abandoned-old-overholt-distillery
    10. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      WesternPA-Collector, Love the pictures, especially the one of the spiral staircase. :-)

      Ya know, TallCakes kind of already alluded to this possibility earlier, but what if this isn't an ashtray, but rather a lamp base?

      You've said that there's just one gap in the border, perhaps for a cigar (I really had to scrutinize the photos to see it myself). What if that gap is actually meant to permit the passage of an electric cord?:

      *snip*

      I am so pleased to offer this very nice old wall lamp. It has a candlewick or boopie base and the extra candlewick under the lamp socket. It is in very good condition .. ...... there are no chips or cracks in the glass. The metal has some discoloration due to age and wear. The cord is in good condition with no breaks or worn areas. It has been tested and works great!!! It is approximately 6 1/2" tall , 5" wide at the base, and would hang 6 1/2" from the wall. There is a metal bracket on the back of the base for hanging on the wall. A shade would clip onto the light bulb. A cute lamp!!! Thank you very much for your interest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      *snip*

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vtg-antique-candlewick-wall-lamp-136638960

      Sure, you'd have to drill out the center of yours to turn it into a lamp, but the center hole in that lamp part TallCakes linked looks a bit rough. That is, it looks like it wasn't molded that way, but rather drilled out later.
    11. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      keramikos, I think you solved the mystery! It looks exactly the same. Seeing the whole lamp assembly really clarifies things. So, the distillery really did have some elegant lighting fixtures back then. I'd imagine there would have been hundreds of lights like that in the whole facility. Now I don't know whether to be happy or disappointed that it's not an ashtray!
    12. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      WesternPA-Collector, Hey, it's yours. Ain't no saying you can't use it as an ashtray. Or an ice cream dish, etc. };-)
    13. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      keramikos, that is true. I don't smoke anyhow. I'll just display it as I have been.
    14. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      WesternPA-Collector, One more tidbit, and then I'll see if I can let this go. };-)

      I found this at Replacements dot com:

      *snip*

      Prism Candlewick Clear (Stem 3400) by Imperial Glass-Ohio

      *snip*

      https://www.replacements.com/p/imperial-glass-ohio-candlewick-clear-stem-3400-prism/imccan/117193941

      And I found several lamps that could use prisms like that:

      *snip*

      Antique Vintage Boopie Prism Imperial Candlewick Glass Table Lamp no prisms

      *snip*

      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267049452877730601/

      *snip*

      Vintage/Antique Beautiful Clear Glass Candlewick Boopie Prism Table Lamps

      *snip*

      https://www.ebay.com/i/250993731184

      Naturally, none of these lamps have quite the same style of base as your piece, but FWIW, Replacements dot com didn't show any lamp parts for AH Boopie/Berwick, other than a candlestick holder. Not that Replacements dot com is infallible. };-)
    15. WesternPA-Collector WesternPA-Collector, 2 months ago
      keramikos thanks for the additional links. Finding the exact same one on the net is like looking for a needle in a haystack. You've done very well!

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