• 3 Jan
    2013

Early American Bottles’ Pontils Tell Where and When they were Made

Collectors of early American bottles will all tell you that there is a clear line of delineation set during the 19th century that separate the men from the boys in terms of value and desirability of the bottles we collect. That line occurred during the early 1860s, when the use of a pontil rod—or punty—was […]

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  • 3 Jan
    2013

It’s all in the Marks: Kalk’s Crossed-Arrows, ‘Erich Stauffer’ Used in Knockoffs

To collectors, well-seasoned or novice, the subject of determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it is outside their normal area of interest. Any markings that can be found can often help unravel the mystery if you know what the marks mean. If you don’t, however, they can lead […]

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  • 26 Sep
    2011

Unloved Antiques: Depression Glass

The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is 20th century is crystal Depression glass, which gets its name from the fact the bulk of it was mass produced during the years of the Great Depression (1929-40). Depression glass is a form of pressed glass—both in clear or colored varieties—that was originally distributed free, […]

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  • 20 Jun
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Heinrich Hoffmann Glass Perfume Bottle

Jesse V. purchased this “Lalique perfume bottle” from a dealer at a discount for $350 because it was an “unmarked Lalique.” After doing a great deal of research using the Worthpoint’s Worthopedia, he hadn’t found a match for it to anything made by the Lalique glass company. Thinking he’d been sold a fake, but wants […]

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  • 25 Jan
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Cut Glass Punch Bowl

Donna J. has a cut glass punch bowl that she inherited from her great grandmother, who had received it as a wedding gift before World War One. Looking for a value before deciding whether to sell it, or keep it she engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is […]

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  • 27 Jul
    2010

The Collector’s Minute: Enameled Stiegel Spirit Bottles

Spirit bottles of this type, decorated with enamels, are often referred to a “Stiegel Types,” after the largest North American maker of them, Henry Stiegel, even though similar pieces were made by other makers in Europe and North America. The bottles are attractive. The story of Stiegel, not so much. Henry William Stiegel was originally […]

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  • 12 Jan
    2010

Imperial Art Glass: Elegant Stretch Glass

Imperial Art Glass is, without a doubt, the most elegant of the stretch glass lines, not only because of its base colors or shapes, but because of the richness of its stretch effect. This line was introduced in 1916 by Imperial and represents the highest standards by which all stretch glass is compared. Unfortunately, Imperial’s […]

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  • 6 Oct
    2009

The Collector’s Minute: Venetian Murano Glass

Murano glass has a very long history. In 1292, an ordinance was passed in the city of Venice that banished glass making to the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon. According to some historians, the reason was partly to protect other buildings from fires (which commonly started in glass works; the Great Fire of […]

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  • 4 Aug
    2009

The Celery Vase: A Prominent Way to Serve an Exotic Vegetable

According to the early nineteenth century writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in “The Physiology of Taste,” gastronomy required “intelligent knowledge of whatever concerns man’s nourishment.” Brillat-Savarin’s 1825 treatise on the fine art of foods was the first treatment of dining as an art form. The newly developing interest in food appropriately reflected a growing awareness of […]

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  • 13 Jul
    2009

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Candy Dish, FADA Radio, KKK Book

QUESTION: My grandmother bought a candy dish during her honeymoon trip to Washington, D.C. from her home in North Carolina sometime around 1910. She could not have paid more than 50 cents for it. After poking around on eBay and the Internet, I identified the glass type as opalescent blue pressed glass. It is in […]

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