Posted 11 years ago
I love collecting opalescent water pitchers (pre 1900) I have been collecting and researching them since the early 1980's. It use to be a lot of fun in the early days, as you had to litterly go out and find these pieces. My wife and I have traveled over the years all the back roads in the eastern states to come back to our home in Ontario, with our treasures. We never missed the glass show in Harrisburg and reemed thru auction magazines, met wonderful people, dealers and pickers. It was great when you saw a rare piece on a antique shop's shelf. You just had to have it.Over the years with the advent of e-bay, it became much easier to collect the piece without leaving your house, but boy have the prices gone up. A christmas snowflake sold in the late 80's for around $800.00 and on e-bay I have seen the same pitcher go for over $4,000.00. There are a lot of beautiful treasures in glass cases all over the U.S. waithing to be washed all over again and fast forwarded to another collector. Oh how I loved those good old days of traveling the back roads thru the Eastern States with my Encyclopedia of Victorian Colored Pattern Glass Book 9 Cranberry Opalescent from A to Z by William Heacock & William Gambel. Those two men cost me a lot of money, over the years, got hooked on opalescent glass, learned to and loved to travel. Oh yes they were the best travel agents bar none, a great credit to the glass industry and a base for all of us collectors to find what we were after. Check out my artical on e-bay "Reviews and Guides" " How rare is it"