Posted 11 years ago
I just found this Dolphin Candlestick in a local thrift store in British Columbia, Canada! I collect early American Glass and was surprised to find this item here. At first I thought, WOW, an 1860 Sandwich glass candlestick in vaseline or canary, how fortunate a find. I collect Sandwich glass but dont have a Dolphin candlestick. I dont know very much about them. I looked on Ebay and saw lots of different shapes and forms and time periods including Westmoreland which had a similar 6 sided scalloped base. I then thought it was a Westmoreland item. Upon more looking I saw that all the Westmoreland pieces had a petal top. Mine has the hexagonal top more typical of the earlier Sandwich pieces.
So now I am very confused. This stick is a rich vaseline or canary color and is 6 7/8" tall and 4 1/8" across base, tip to tip. There is a hint of lime green in the color. It fluoresces brilliantly under black light. It has good weight and appears to be flint glass. The base has several concentric rings in it which I have not seen in other items. This has good authentic wear on all the base corners and has the normal small nicks and flea bites typical of vintage Sandwich pieces. The glass is very clear but it does have a few small bubbles and imperfections also typical. The top socket is joined to the tail with a hand applied wafer. It in every way has the attributes of 1850's 60's Sandwich, New England or Pittsburgh glass. It is the base that challenges me as most early ones have a square base.
I would welcome any further information anyone can provide me with. I would be happy to post more pictures under a Part 2. If anyone has any book references or pictures that would help. I am new to this website and dont know if I can post my email address but I will try. -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- Thanks for any information you can give me.