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    Posted 8 years ago

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    My mom gave me this dish before she died. She told me her mother in law (my paternal grandmom) gave it to her. Later my father said his grandmother(my great grandmother)gave it to his mother. He went on to tell me that she used to tell him stories about living during the Civil war as a young teen. She lived near what is now known as Bentonville Battleground in NC, and recalled hearing the actual Battle of Bentonville. Another time, an officer in the Union Army walked into the her kitchen, looked in the pot cooking on the stove, then turned to the soldiers and said, "Looks like we're having boiled potatoes for supper, boys."
    Sorry about the lengthy story but that is one reason this dish is special to me. Most likely she acquired it long after the war ended but to think that it was once held by my great grandmother who, lived during such an important period in history makes me feel a real connection to that time. Of course it is entirely possible that my dad was mistaken and the dish never belonged to his grandmother.
    I have run online searches for Hobstar glassware many times over the years and have only once, found a dish similar to this but I've never found one exactly like it. It is rectangular shaped, clear glass, and has four little"feet" underneath. I would love to know how old it really is, what it might have been used for and any other information anyone could provide.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 8 years ago
      Beautiful and the story behind it males it priceless . If only it could talk :-) Love your post !
    2. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Love your story :)
    3. Paul71 Paul71, 8 years ago
      Pressed glassware in imitation of brilliant cut glassware was very popular in the early 1900s. Pretty sure your bowl is Indiana Glass Company's Success pattern introduced right around 1910. The arrangement of the pattern varies slightly from other pieces in the line, but this is often the case with glassware of this era, especially a square piece. The pattern was often modified slightly to fit the allotted space. I'll try to remember to look at some original catalogs I have scans of to confirm this is Indiana's Success. Still, it's of that same era, though Indiana Glass Company's patterns had rather long lives. Some of their earlier patterns introduced in the 1910-1915 time frame are still shown in a 1932 company catalog.

      You don't mention the size, but I believe the square dish in the Success pattern is about 6".
    4. Paul71 Paul71, 8 years ago
      Just noticed the ruler in your last shot, looks like it's about 10"--that would make it a large berry bowl or fruit bowl.
    5. sthrn.lady sthrn.lady, 8 years ago
      Paul71, Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this piece; it's the only information on it's identity I've gotten so far, after several years of internet searches . A few years ago I found a square dish with a pattern like this one online. My dish is rectangular shaped. I have found similar pieces but so far have not been able to find an exact match. Having the manufacturer and pattern name will be a great help in learning more about it. Thanks again, any other information is welcome.

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