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    Posted 12 years ago

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    Here's some new photo's of my little collection of Pukeberg Vaseline Lion Head Goblets and bowls. Patented design by Jules Venon June 21, 1927

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    1. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      Anybody know anything about these goblets?
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      Congratulations on your find. Values I don't do, but I know that there's a demand for these things and supply seems pretty limited.
      How many did you get?
      It looks like you have five cups/coupes/bowls.
      Heaven know if that is the full range but this must be a real find!
      What a great post script to the discussion here:

      I've also had another look at the Swedish antique magazine photos:

      If you look at the photos it seems there are liqueur glasses in the Photo 1 and Photo 4. They also show a much larger glass that look like it might be for water.

      The full suite must have been amazing!

      In the article they mention that the set was made for the “Svenska Amerikalinjen” or "Sweden-America Line" and was patented by Venon in 1927.

      Anything to do with "Cruise Lines" adds another dimension in collecting.

      I'm now off on another tangent having seen these glasses. Thanks you for sparking my interest yet again. I'll be back later with an idea I'm working on!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      There is on the net a copy of Venon's US Patent for the base of your glasses here:
      and the statement here:

      Their registration number is Des 72,918.

      It was filed on October 26, 1926. The date of registration was June 21, 1927.
      "Jules Henri Venon was born Ronen (sic), France 21 APR 1871. In the 1920 Manhattan, NY census, he was an importer of glassware. Between 1902 and 1922, Jules applied for 9 renewals of his passport to make his annual buying trip, typically of 3 month duration, to numerous named countries abroad. On each application, he stated that he was the president and buyer of his firm, J. H. Venon, Inc., importer of china & glassware, located 43-51 West 4th Street, New York, NY. Linda (seaglass)"
    4. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      Thank-you for all the information. I stumbled into a individual with these goblets and one small lion head plate and the small bowl in canary yellow vaseline! I fell in love with Vaseline glass about 20 years ago and I found a lion head plate, and that's how it all started! I have seen the plate in a ruby red and missed out on those. I also have a plate in green vaseline ,canary yellow vaseline, Amber vaseline, and a odd amber plate that doesn't match the ones always pictured it's much lighter amber. I've often wondered what happened the day that light amber plate was made.
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      There is not much written about these pieces and as Venon's grand-daughter mentioned on the other post the family were not aware of these pieces. He seems to have created some much sought-after wares in vaseline. But there were other pieces he designed and had manufactured in Finland as well.
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      On the page for the Lion plate "mariehem" wrote this:

      "When Venon got knowledge that Reijmyre was closed down in 1926 he immediately asked Pukeberg to buy all the American glass forms and all other accessories and go on producing the glass wares. He also suggested Pukeberg to employ the glass blowers from Reijmyre.
      The management of Pukeberg did their best to fulfil Venons request. Venon found that now it was the right moment for Pukeberg to enlarge their production for the American market with further models of glass. During years 1926-1929 Pukeberg made a lot of glass for this marked and even published several export catalogs."

      It is the suggestion that Venon immediately took action that interests me. Why?
      The timing is important here. It occurred to me this morning that I should have a look at the history of the “Svenska Amerikalinjen” and cross reference the dates which we have from the US patents.
      Wikipedia says:
      “Swedish American Line (in Swedish: Svenska Amerika Linien, abbreviated SAL) was a passenger and cargo shipping line. It was founded in December 1914 under the name Rederiaktiebolaget Sverige-Nordamerika, beginning ocean liner service from Gothenburg to New York in 1915. In 1925 the company changed its name to Svenska Amerika Linien / Swedish American Line.”

      The 1925 date is important, I think. Two years earlier in 1923 the company under its former name put in an order for a new diesel powered cruise liner: the MS Gripsholm. On November 7 1925 it was delivered to its new owners who had a new name. It set sail on its maiden voyage on November 21, 1925: Gothenburg to New York. It was so successful that the company ordered a new boat. "In 1927 the company decided to enter the cruise market, offering various cruises during the northern hemisphere winter season."(Wikipedia). It was the MS Kungsholm. " The Kungsholm's interiors were designed with off-season cruising in mind, with her passenger capacity shrunk from 1344 on liner service to around 600 for cruising. She was also one of the first liners with interior decorations in art deco style, following the lead of the SS Ile de France, built in 1927. The ship was delivered to SAL on 13 October 1928, and left on her maiden voyage on 24 November 1928."

      With all of this new activity, was Venon producing this glassware for the new ships? The hint is in the article by Akerblom. Lalique was doing the glass for the SS Ile de France (?) showcasing French high-end design after the World's Fair in Paris 1925. Venon was doing the glass for the competition. High class wares designed in the US and produced in Sweden; a synthesis that was the Sweden-American Lines. Not a bad idea at the time.
      No proof of it, mind you.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      Hi ggc! Might be but I think Lalique put their stuff from the cruise sips on the open market. It was certainly a way of showcasing glass to a particular clientele. There is some great footage on the net of a teary Greta Garbo returning to Hollywood on board the Gripsholm.
    8. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      I was told they were bought many years ago at an antique auction on the west coast! And that was all the pieces they had except some Pukeberg cordials That were purple with a Vaseline square base that came in the same auction lot! I declined on those pieces!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      Those cordials sound interesting too! They might have also been by Venon. They might have been in the Snåka pattern mentioned in the picasa link above. Two tone.
    10. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      updated photo's
    11. inky inky, 12 years ago
      Wow! fabulous!...:-)
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      What great new photos! I like the new glass too! ;)
    13. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      Just updated the pics for the newest additions. I recently aquired Five Pukeberg Lion Head Sherberts Clear bowl with Vaseline Stems. They were from the Personel collection of Madolyn Courter. She was the founder and first president of the Vaseline Glass Collectors Inc. Madolyn incorperated the VGCI in the state of Missouri.
    14. Hudtwin, 12 years ago
      The Lion's Head glassware seems to have four sizes. Ice Tea, Water Goblet, Wine and Cordial. I only have glasses in the first three sizes but you can see the picture of them here The picture shows the coloring on mine as well. I also have some Lion's Head plates. So nice to finally find out their history.
    15. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      I've known of the Ice Tea and have yet to see it until now! I know of the existence of a few pieces of the teas goblets in Vaseline out in California! I'm hoping to adopt a piece or two! Just awaiting email replies. First time I've seen the canberry color and frosted clear stems. I have seen the plates in a Ruby Red. Maybe the canberry goblets belonged with ruby red plates as a set? Thanks for sharing.
    16. Hudtwin, 12 years ago
      I have nine tea, ten water, and seven cordial glasses. Unpacked them today to look at them. I have ten lion's head plates in the clear frosted. I suspect I have what's left of a service for ten? I'm in Ohio by the way. I searched for information on them in the past, your thread here finally identified them for me, so the thanks are mine.
    17. glowinglasscreations glowinglasscreations, 12 years ago
      Miss Venon I left my email address with brad on ebay. I have a very good friend in Florida who made trips to sweden like your grsndfather. and has quite collection with photos. I have bought several Vaseline pieces from him the last 15yrs, He a really good guy and getting old and interesting in parting with some of his collection. He has an ebay account but would prefer not list them. If you contact me I'll send you some of the pictures I have and give you his email address with permission, I'm not posting my email addy here! So if you would like to see some more of your grandfathers work email me
      !Regard Don

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