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Made by the Anchor Hocking Company in the 1960s, the Lido line is yet another of the popular crinkle glassware so prevalent at the time. Like the Morgantown Crinkle line , it features highly textured surface. What distiniguishes the Lido line is that the pattern does not go all the way up to the rim of the glass.  It came in colors of Aquamarine, Avocado, Crystal, Honey Gold, Laser Blue, and Spicy Brown.


Anchor Hocking produced the "Milano" pattern from 1959 to 1963. The pattern name was then changed to "Lido" because subsequently the molds were remade by the Zanesville Mold Company in Ohio, a newly acquired Anchor Hocking Corporation subsidiary. The difference between the molds resulted in the `Milano' pattern name changing to "Lido." Although the two patterns are similar, the "Milano" pattern has a distinctive and more defined "crinkle" than "Lido". "Milano" was produced in Forest Green and Crystal only.  


Each one of this set of tumblers stands 5 1/4 inches tall x 2 7/8 inch top diameter and holds 12 ounces. There are two in Crystal and two in Honey Gold.   Made for cold drinks of ice tea, kool-aid, or lemonade, they are easy to grip and look great. A practical retro vintage design ready for your kitchen today. Price is for the set.  Made by the Anchor Hocking Company in the 1960s, the Lido line is yet another of the popular crinkle glassware so prevalent at the time. Like the Morgantown Crinkle line , it features highly textured surface. What distiniguishes the Lido line is that the pattern does not go all the way up to the rim of the glass.  It came in colors of Aquamarine, Avocado, Crystal, Honey Gold, Laser Blue, and Spicy Brown.


Anchor Hocking produced the "Milano" pattern from 1959 to 1963. The pattern name was then changed to "Lido" because subsequently the molds were remade by the Zanesville Mold Company in Ohio, a newly acquired Anchor Hocking Corporation subsidiary. The difference between the molds resulted in the `Milano' pattern name changing to "Lido." Although the two patterns are similar, the "Milano" pattern has a distinctive and more defined "crinkle" than "Lido". "Milano" was produced in Forest Green and Crystal only.  


Each one of this set of 5 Crystal beverage glasses stands 6 1/2 inches tall x 2 7/8 inch top diameter and holds 15 ounces.  Made for cold drinks of ice tea, kool-aid, or lemonade, they are easy to grip and look great. A practical retro vintage design ready for your kitchen today. Price is for the set.  The Culver Glass company began in Brooklyn, New York in 1939, founded by Irving Rothenberg.  Culver Glass features real 22-karat gold decoration, used effusively and magnificently especially from the late 1950s on through the 1960s. 


 It stands  4 3/4 inches tall and is 5 3/4 inches across the top.


This pattern is known as Prado Green and features three vertical rows of embossed squares of gold with alternating squares of textured green. There is a border of gold embossed diamonds at the top of the pattern.  It is in excellent vintage shape and comes with a pair of ice tongs found with it when I purchased it.


Think Mad Men! Think Las Vegas!  Think retro barware!  Add it to your barware or Mid-century glass collection today.  Make some ice cubes in those vintage metal trays!  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were part of the faculty: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area, this #679 shape lobed plate measures 11 inches wide across the diagonal. The shape is basically square but each corner has a biomorphic twist to it. 


The decoration is from one of his three Animal Lines:  Hen/Rooster, Fish, Horse. This is a hen done in shades of red, turquoise, cobalt blue, and gray outlined in black.  Excellent condition.


Add it to you American Mid-century studio pottery collection today.

set Anchor Hocking Lido Milano 12 0z. tu

 

set Anchor Hocking Lido Milano tall beve

 

Culver Prado Green Ice tub. Think Mad Me

 

Ballard # 67 8 inch wide Rooster plate

1939 to 1942 with a producation period of only 3 years, this Harlequin maroon individual creamer is in excellent shape. The creamer measures 1 1/4 inches across and stands 2 1/4 inches high. 


It is shown on page 243 of book titled Fiesta, Harlequin, Kitchen Kraft Dinnerware produced the the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Associatiion and published by Schiffer in 2000. The valuation at that time was $27-29.  My price is much less because I bought it very very reasonably.


Although it does not have as much of a Art Deco styling as other pieces of the line it is just so darn cute! It was never marked as part of the line which is why one can find it sometimes at a good price even today. It is available in these colors: maroon, yellow, spruce green, blue, red, turquoise, rose and light green. 


Add it to your Homer Laughlin Art Deco Harlequin collection or American Art Deco era dinnerware collection today.  Each of the three iced tea tumblers in this set of Russel Wright American Modern glass measures  3 5/8 inches tall and holds 8 ounces to the brim. The color is seafoam, one of the four colors in which this line was produced by Morgantown circa 1951, but never marked. Excellent conditon. No chips, flakes or cracks. See a description of the items in this line illustrated and priced in second edition Kerr, p. 238-239.


This line can also be seen in the 2000 Keller and Ross book titled Russel Wright, Dinnerware, Pottery and More on pages 183-185. Though this line of Russel Wright glass designs may indeed be the easiest to find today, it is still relatively difficult to locate examples in excellent condition.  


I purchased these glasses very reasonably so I am able to offer them at a 50% discount from the prices listed in the Kerr book and well below the Keller/Ross price of $15-$18 each. 


Add them to your Midcentury glassware collection or Russel Wright collection today. Priced the set of four.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your home today.


Add them to your Midcentury glassware collection or Russel Wright collection today. Priced the set of four.  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were there: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area, this Ballard5 1/2 inch yellow glaze bottleneck vase was made in two sizes, this being the smaller one. This vase may have been a second as it has a place on the side of the vase where it must have touched another piece in the kiln.


There is no mark on the bottom of this piece. It could have been made under contract for someone else who would have placed their paperl label on the piece.  I believe this to be a later piece given that there is no chocolate brown bottom band. Would look great even with an Arts & Craft piece. 


There is some outer rim roughness and one very small pinprick flake.  For that reason, it is priced extremely reasonably.  Add it to your Ballard collection and use it without fear!


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your home today.  This pair of shakers was part of the Corelle Living Ware line produced by Corning and marketed to go along with the Pyrex lines so popular in the late 1950s to the 1970s.  Each shaker stands 4 1/2 inches tall and have a black plastic stopper that lets the salt and pepper slip out past the small openings in the bottom of the plastic stopper. Pretty ingenious I think!


The set is shown on page 153 of the 2004 3rd edition of the Mauzy Pyrex Book. It is priced there for $8-10 for the pair. My price is at the bottom end of that range.  


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.

Harlequin individual creamer, mauve blue

 

3 Russel Wright AM glass juice tumblers

 

Ballard #32 yellow bottle vase

 

Pyrex Corelle Living Ware pair shakers

From the M.A. Hadley site is the following information:  


"Hand-crafted Pottery Since 1940

Owing to the abundance of ancient clay deposits in the region, Louisville has been a center of pottery-making for generations. Out of this proud tradition, Mary Alice Hadley established one of Louisville’s most iconic and well-known potteries. The story begins in the early 1900’s. Mary Alice Hadley was born into a family of clay tile makers where her knowledge of working with clay first developed. Exhibiting an early interest in art and design, she ultimately became a widely recognized painter, winning numerous awards and acclaim from New York to Los Angeles.


By the late 1930’s Mary Alice Hadley began melding her artistic talent with her knowledge of clay ware. In 1939, Mrs. Hadley made dishes for her houseboat on the Ohio River. The creative result was a set of a custom dishes that caused such a stir among her friends and acquaintances that the idea for a business was born. Supplying those early requests provided wide circulation for her hand-crafted pottery and soon orders began to arrive from across the country. With the help of her husband, George, the Hadley Pottery Company was formed early in 1940.


In 1944, George Hadley purchased a building in the Butchertown area of Louisville as a birthday present for Mary Alice. The building, constructed in 1848, has been home to a wool mill, a candle factory and a cordage mill and for 65 years has served as the production location, factory salesroom and offices of Hadley Pottery Company. Many pieces of original art created by Mary Alice Hadley are still on display at the historic structure on Story Avenue, including several wall murals all hand-painted by Mary Alice herself.


The business prospered, attracting collectors from across the nation and around the world. The warm and whimsical designs that Mary Alice Hadley created have attracted multitudes of fans over the last 70 years and are still finding their way into the hearts of new Hadley Pottery enthusiasts every day. She worked at the Pottery until her death in 1965. George Hadley continued to run the business until it was sold in 1979 to Louisville natives, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Moore. In September 2009, new partners joined the Hadley Pottery ownership group, but operations remain largely the same as they were when the company was started. The creative inspiration that Mary Alice Hadley brought to the ware still lives today."


Each part of this set of four coasters carries the words A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY around a design of a bow with 2 bells hanging from the bow.  Each is signed M.A. Hadley on the reverse.  I don't know if these coasters are vintage or contemporary. You be the judge. I do know they are listed in current inventory on the M. A. Hadley website at $9.75 each.  In addition, I am including this 8 3/4 inch custom message plate.  On the front it has the name DIAINE and on the back the date May 16, 1981 as well as the Hadley signature.  


My price for the group is well below that figure for the set of four.  Price is for the set.  Each piece of the set is in excellent condition.  There was a time in the early 1960s when we looked back to the Colonial Early Americana time for design inspiration.  Earth tones with designs of mushrooms (like the canister set made for Sears), owls, quail, Woodland creatures were one inspiration. Another was Early Americana. 


This Pyrex 401 5 1/2 inch wide bowl is the smallest of the classic 4 bowl mixing bowl set.  The design on this bowl is inspired by the stencil designs in early Colonial homes.  Corning titled this design Homestead.  The background of this bowl is from the Desert Dawn series. The blue design again harkens from the Colonial America use of stenciling to adorn walls.


This bowl is in excellent vintage condition. Don't send it through the dishwasher too many times. Use  wooden utensils if possible and you can add this piece of vintage American glass to your kitchen or home for use or display.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there under these influential teachers: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area , this Ballard syrup jug is done in his signature chocolate brown glaze which he uses as an underglaze on other pieces. The scene depicts a maple tree with a sap bucket on it with mountains in the background. So, here is an iconic scene by a talented Vermont potter. 


Not signed on the bottom, but one can see the exact same item shown as a Ballard product in the Summer 1953 Vermont Life 6 page article on Stanley Ballard.


The top opening measures 1 inch. I believe this was the earlier mold on this design as the later one is 7/8 inch at the top and stands a little shorter.  The sap bucket on the this the later mold is also a little narrower. 


On the back of this Ballard syrup jug you also have some hand-painted flowers. Quant I say.


This was sold with a cork, which is not present. Excellent condition. 


Add it to your Ballard, American Art pottery or New Hampshire memorabilia collection today.  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there under these influential teachers: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area , this Ballard syrup jug is done in his signature chocolate brown glaze which he uses as an underglaze on other pieces. The scene depicts a maple tree with a sap bucket on it with mountains in the background. So, here is an iconic scene by a talented Vermont potter. 


Not signed on the bottom, but one can see the exact same item shown as a Ballard product in the Summer 1953 Vermont Life 6 page article on Stanley Ballard.


The top opening measures 7/8 inch. I believe this was the second mold on this design as the earlier one is exactly 1 inch at the top and stands a little taller.  The sap bucket on the earlier mold is also a little wider. 


This was sold with a cork, which is not present. Excellent condition. 


Add it to your Ballard, American Art pottery or New Hampshire memorabilia collection today.

set M. A. Hadley coasters and a bonus pl

 

Pyrex 401 Homestead design mixing bowl

 

Ballard chocolate brown maple syrup jug

 

Ballard chocolate brown maple syrup jug

This glass produced by the Imperial Glass Company is designed by iconic American industrial designer Russel Wright.  


According to my Keller/Ross book, all glass lines except for the American Modern line are scarce or rare.  


The Imperial chartreuse iced tea tumbler is listed at $25-$30.  Prices have fallen since the 2000 publication of this book. So, my price for it is less than half of what the book suggests.


It is in excellent condition and ready for your Mad Men Mid-century bar or rec room.  Or simply put them in your dining room china cabinet and bring out when you use your Russel Wright American Modern or Iroquois Casual China!


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  MAD MEN MAN CAVE, here we come!


This 5 3/4  inch tall Deco cocktail mixing glass stands 6 inches tall and was made by Libbey glass, and is so marked on the bottom with their cursive L mark. The black screening of the 7 recipes on clear glass is in excellent condition. There is contrasting use of white for the cocktail glasses at the top of each recipe and dots between ingredients of each recipe.


It features a top band of cocktail names: Whisky Sour, Manhattan, Margarita, Daiquiri, Tom Collins, Martini and Cosmopolitan. Each recipe is underneath the name. A useful feature is on the side where their is a drink measure table ranging from 1 oz. - 12 oz. It is in great shape and ready for your Mad Men Man Cave.  Bennington by Gil started in 1948 . They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. They made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores but this is an earlier more studio inspired piece. In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as "Art Objects in the Practical Realm" - Museum Honored, Hand-crafted, Modestly Priced,"



David Gil, trained at Alfred University and profiled in the Winter 1961 issue of Vermont Life, started Bennington Potters in 1948 in Bennington, VT right after WWII. 


This diminutive version of the iconic double trigger mug stands 3 1/4 inches tall. This vase is glazed with a high gloss white glaze on the inside. The outside is done in a semi matte white. It dates from the 1960-1968 period when Gil only used the term Bennington Potters on his pieces.


According to yet to be authenticated information, the suggestion for the double trigger handle was given to David Gil by one Maurice A. Douglass, a resident of Bennington Vermont and a collector of early Norton Pottery. 


In the 1964 catalogue, there are 3 sizes of the double trigger mug shown including this small #1370 size. 


This beautifully deisgned and balanced 1370 trigger mug is in excellent condition. Add it to your Mid-century Bennington Potters or David Gil collection today.

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Ready to go in your guy's man cave, this set of NFL promotional glasses in a smoky grey glass with white silkscreened design of a Jets Helmet and the words NEW YORK JETS on one side and the NFL logo on the other side.


This type of bar glass was known as a Roly Poly and made for all sorts of cocktails.  This set is in excellent condition and ready to go into your bar or man cave.  Ladies, if you are Jets fans, they are for you too!  Perfect Christmas or Father's Day gift. Shop early and wrap them up! Priced less than $5 each. Price is for the set.

Russel Wright Imperial Pinch glass $15.00

 

Libbey cocktail 7 recipe retro mixing gl

 

Cooperative Design #1370 white demitasse

 

Mad Men smoky New York Jets cocktail gla

Yona Ceramics of California was run by Yona Lippen and her husband Mac.  Yona Lippen started her career as a Hedi Schoop decorator. She left to start her own business featuring the figurines so popular at the time which were called --- pretty ladies.  Yona's figurines featured add-ons  including ceramic bows, ribbons, and spaghetti spacking.  After the popularity of the film The King and I, she abandoned the ladies in favor of Siamese themes. She often decorated these pieces with gold or silver overglaze.  She closed her business in 1958.


This 8 inch long x 5 1/2 inch tall planter is typical of that period of design.  It is glazed on the inside and the outside in a deep forest green.  Gold overglaze is liberally applied over the ribbed surface  of the outside of the planter.  On the bottom the piece is signed in the same gold color YONA 323.


The planter is in excellent vintage condition and ready to grade your home. Add it to your California ceramics collection today.!  This cup and saucer is in one of colors of Post 86 Fiesta in production since 1986: white.  Think a cup of tea or java!


It is in excellent shape. Add it to your Fiesta reissue or Post 86 Fiesta collection today.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  This cup and saucer is in one of colors of Post 86 Fiesta in production since 1986: white.  Think a cup of tea or java!


It is in excellent shape. Add it to your Fiesta reissue or Post 86 Fiesta collection today.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Libbey's Golden Foliage pattern is a classic design of golden leaves on frosted panels, bordered in gold, with a gold top rim. This pattern is shown in Libbey's 1957-1958 catalog. It was discontinued in 1978.


This is a open sugar and creamer by Libbey. It has a metal stand AND the original sugar tongs. This was made for cube sugar, thus the tongs.  If you are old enough to remember when sugar was in cube form, you were probably alive when this was new!


Excellent conditon with very little gold loss around the rim if any. No chips or cracks. The sugar and creamer both stand 3 1/4 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide. This version of this popular pattern features a frosted background for the Autumn or Gold Leaves. The gold rim is excellent on this set. I don't think they were used much at all.


Talk about retro. Most adults over the age of 40 remember these glasses. I think they were even a premium in detergent boxes or were part of the Green Stamp program! 


Add dash of Mad men Mid century to your home!

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, these are ready for your kitchen table, rec room or bar today.

Yona Ceramics Siamese green gold planter

 

Post 86 Fiesta white cup saucer

 

Post 86 Fiesta white cup saucer

 

Libbey Gold Leaves sugar creamer set

Done by Lincoln Vermont potter Marcy Mayforth, this circa 1994 celadon green Tulips 5 inch tall  vase is glazed in a celadon green inside. The design is done in the sgraffito technique, then filled in as in an enamel piece.  There are three pink and blue tulips blossoms on the piece. It is signed Mayforth on the bottom with her last name and the dates 94. It is in excellent shape. Add it to your Vermont Art Pottery collection today.  Produced by the Morgantown Glass Company  in the period when they were known as the Morgantown Glass Guild which started in 1933, pair of 3 1/4 inch tall  7 oz. flat cocktails  in the Moss Green color.  This line in transparant colors started in the 1950s.


By 1958, it had been renamed the Decor line, which was the brainchild of J. Richard Haden who along with his brother Samuel K. took over the business from their father Joseph Haden.  In 1958, the first Decor by Morgantown" catalog was published.


However, when the Carbone Company of Boston, one of the major national Importers assumed the line as their own in the early  Sixties, the line became known as Crinkle. This line can be seen and is well presented on pages 214-215 of Jerry Gallagher's Handbook of Old Morgantown Glass (1995).


This pair of 7 oz flat cocktails is in the iconic Moss Green color.  They are in excellent condition and ready to join your Mid-century home as you serve lemonade or iced tea on the veranda or patio (such great mid century terms).

 Shown in a catalog reprint on page 16 of the Dean Six book  titled "West Virginia Glass Between the World Wars" (2002, this is either the C473 7.5 inch Blenko Winged vase or it is a copy made by Bischoff Glass.  It features a clear main body to which Sea Green handles have been added on either side of the vase. Sometimes called the "eared" vase by collectors, it is a great example of the innovative work being done down at Blenko glass.  


It is in excellent condition and ready to display in your Mid-century Eames era decor.  Put it on a Paul McCobb credenza, fill it with real or silk flowers and sit back and admire.   Libbey's Golden Foliage pattern is a classic design of golden leaves on frosted panels, bordered in gold, with a gold top rim. This pattern is shown in Libbey's 1957-1958 catalog.  It was discontinued in 1978.


This is a set of 4 Gold Leaf Cocktail/Sherbet goblets by Libbey.  Excellent conditon with very little gold loss around the rim if any.  No chips or cracks.  They stand 4 1/4" tall, 3 1/2" wide, the bowl is 2 1/4" deep and hold 7 ounces.  This version of this popular pattern features a frosted background for the Autumn or Gold Leaves.  The gold rim is excellent on this set. I don't think they were used much at all.


Talk about retro. Most adults over the age of 40 remember these glasses.  I think they were even a premium in detergent boxes or were part of the Green Stamp program!  


Add dash of Mad men Mid century to your home!

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, these are ready for your kitchen table, rec room or bar today.

Marcy Mayforth 1994 green Tulips vase

 

pair Morgantown Crinkle cocktails

 

Blenko Bischoff? C473 7. 5 inch Sea Green

 

set 4 Libbey gold leaves cocktail goblet

Each of the four cocktails in this set of Russel Wright American Modern glass measures  2 3/4 inches and holds exactly three ounces to the brim. The color is seafoam, one of the four colors in which this line was produced by Morgantown circa 1951, but never marked. Excellent conditon. No chips, flakes or cracks. See a description of the items in this line illustrated and priced in second edition Kerr, p. 238-239.


This line can also be seen in the 2000 Keller and Ross book titled Russel Wright, Dinnerware, Pottery and More on pages 183-185. Though this line of Russel Wright glass designs may indeed be the easiest to find today, it is still relatively difficult to locate examples in excellent condition.  


I purchased these glasses very reasonably so I am able to offer them at a 50% discount from the prices listed in the Kerr book and well below the Keller/Ross price of $20-$25 each.


Add them to your Midcentury glassware collection or Russel Wright collection today. Priced the set of four.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your home today.  Marked on the back as holding 1 1/2 quarts, this practical piece of American glass is a divided casserole dish is often referred to as the Cinderella Oval Divided Serving Dish" decorated with the Primrose decoration in colors of a pumpkin orange.  It is very Mid-century design.  No lid but aluminum foil works well.  It DOES have an original Pyrex metal cradle which makes transport to the table much easier.  Add it to your retro kitchen today.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Made by the Allied Chemical company, this funky retro covered creamer and covered sugar set is of Melamine and in a Harvest Gold color, dating it from the late 1960s, early 1970s when even refridgerators were Harvest Gold, if not Avocado Green!  Think Brady Bunch!


The covered creamer stands 2 3/4 inches tall to the top of its finial. The covered sugar bowl is the same height. The finials on both pieces are a futuristic pinch design which was common on dinnerware of the Mid-century era.


It is in great shape with no scratches or cracks.  It would make a great breakfast set for a camp as it is lightweight and easily cleaned.  Add it to your Eames era funky kitchen today.  Bennington by Gil started in 1948 . They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. They made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores but this is an earlier more studio inspired piece.


David Gil, trained at Alfred University and profiled in the Winter 1961 issue of Vermont Life, started Bennington Potters in 1948 in Bennington, VT right after WWII. 


This version of the iconic double trigger mug stands 8 inches tall.  This vase is glazed with a high gloss Vermont Green glaze on the inside and on the outside.  It dates from the 1948-1959 period before Gil used the term Bennington Potters on his pieces.


According to yet to be authenticated information, the suggestion for the double trigger handle was given to David Gil by one Maurice A. Douglass, a resident of Bennington Vermont and a collector of early Norton Pottery.   


In the 1964 catalogue, there are 3 sizes of the double trigger mug shown but not this very tall #1372 size.  


This beautifully deisgned and balanced 1372 trigger mug is in excellent condition. Add it to your Mid-century Bennington Potters or David Gil collection today.

set 4 Russel Wright AM glass cocktails

 

Pyrex Primrose 1. 5 quart casserole in cr

 

Harvest Gold Melamine covered sugar crea

 

Cooperative Design #1372 tall trigger mu

Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from the late David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont. started by David Gil in 1948. It is from the the post-1960 time period when Gil began to use the words Bennington Potters on pieces after having used a transition mark which included both the words Design Cooperative and Bennington Vermont.


This fluted 9 5/8 inch diameter plate was advertised in the 1964 catalogue as B 1653 and titled "Daisies", an ashtray which could also be hung on the wall as a plaque as it had a built-in wire on the back.  Its original 1964 price was $5.00.


It  features six stylized daisies.  The stems, leaves, and petals are incised. The 1964 ad states the this piece was available in white or turquoise with colored accents. The glaze I believe is an early white one as it is quite high gloss with some mottling in the glaze giving the color depth.  The steams and leaves have been accented in a dark olive green and the flowers are accented in dark brown.


This is a confirmed David Gil design. It was confirmed by Gloria Gil in May 2012.


The back of the plate/plaque has a wire hanger which was embedded in the pottery.  It is signed 1653 and has the spark mark on the forearm.  I would guess it is from the 1960-1964 period. It is in excellent condition.


Bennington Potters are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. 


After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores.  This Duncan & Miller tab handled two-part relish dish measures 7 1/2 inches across and stands 1 inch high.  It is made of gorgeous clear fire-polished glass. It is part of a large pattern made from 1936-1955.  


The Teardrop pattern is shown and listed on pages 197-199 in the Ninth Edition (2001) of the Florence's Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era book. There it is valued at $20.  My price is quite a bit lower as it bought it very very reasonably.


Fill it with cranberry relish or bonbons, it's time to celebrate!


Add it to your Elegant Glass or American Mid-century glass collection today.  This Hazel-Atlas cobalt Aurora 10 ounce tumbler stands 4 1/4 inches tall and is shown on page 20 of the Eighteenth edition of the Florence's Depression Glass book on page 20.  It is in excellent shape. I am offering it well below the value the Florences placed on it back in 2008 when this edition was written as I purchased it very reasonably.


It is in excellent condition.  Prior to changing the name to Bennington Potters around 1960, David Gil's company was known as Cooperative Design. There, he and other Alfred designers fashioned all sorts of interesting Mid-Century items. Having trained at Alfred University, Gil came to Bennington in 1948. His designs are included in many Mid-Century exhibits and catalogues. 


This is the #1342 rimmed covered casserole with metal bail handle. It is done in an early teal glaze. It measures 10 1/4 inches across x 7 inches wide. It has a lid which features a metal handle which was formed into the pottery. . It would make a great  baking and/or serving dish as. It's a good-sized practical dish. It would look great with your McCobb or Eames buffet.


The casserole bottom is marked 1342. The lid is marked 1342 C, most likely the C refers to it being the cover. There is a tiny pinpoint flake on top rim though it is so small it is just on the inside part of the top rim which slopes down toward the handle. It  was there when I bought it and will be there when you buy it. I describe my items accurately. 


It is signed with the earlier transition mark which includes the words Bennington Potters and also Cooperative Design. This makes it more circa 1960-1961 than 1964.


Add it to your Bennington Potters or collection of Mid-Century pottery today.

Bennington Potters #1653 fluted plaque

 

Duncan Miler Teardrop Heart Relish dish

 

Hazel-Atlas cobalt Aurora 10 ounce tumbl

 

Early Bennington Potters 1342 casserole

Prior to changing the name to Bennington Potters around 1960, David Gil's company was known as Cooperative Design. There, he and other Alfred designers fashioned all sorts of interesting Mid-Century items. Having trained at Alfred University, Gil came to Bennington in 1948. His designs are included in many Mid-Century exhibits and catalogues. 


After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores.  In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as "Art Objects in the Practical Realm" - Museum Honored, Hand-crafted, Modestly Priced,"



This #1538 saucer/coaster measures 4 5/8 inches across. It is done in the Turquoise glaze. 


The mark on the back shows that this piece, though a 1960s design, was produced later, probably in the early 1970s as it uses the lower case letters for all the words. It was meant to go with the #1537 12 oz. 3 inch tall Double Mug. Originally a dozen mug and saucers were priced at $30 a dozen in the 1964 catalogue.  In the Mid-century tradition of multiple uses for an item, it is still a very versatile and functional piece for today's home.


It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Bennington Potters or collection of Mid-Century pottery today.  Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from the late David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont,  started by David Gil in 1948. It is part of the tableware set designed by Gil with mold numbers 1365 (followed by a letter) and it is referred to as the "Old Bennington" collection. David Gil designed the pieces, largely beginning in the early mid fifties, not likely adding to the collection after Yusuke Aida came on board and was commissioned to design the next collection there, (the so-called "Classic Bennington") in 1961.  Pieces from this series were produced well into - if not through -  the 70's, based on backstamp styles alone, as can be seen on the bottom of this piece.


This is the 1365I 8 1/4" wide salad plate in a standard glaze color for this line. It is a dark teal color.  It is in excellent condition. It is signed on the bottom with the stamped "bennington potters, bennington vermont" mark and the shape number 1365I.  


Add it to your Mid-century dinnerware or your Bennington Potters collection today.  Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart. Now in her late 80s, she no longer produces work today as of 2011 I have been told.


This 7 3/4 inch diameter low bowl, most likely from the 1960-1961 time period, is a good example of an earlier Ghostline piece. This plate features 3 large yellow gold jewels and 3 smaller pumpkin orange jewels, all symmetrically arranged on the plate. The lines are under the Jewels. A prominent Palm Springs CA dealer James Elliot-Bishop on his website has named this pattern as Ghostline. This particular example is unusual in that the two colors of jewels used are not in high contrast to each other as on many of her pieces. Also, this shape bowl was often used in the earlier 1958-1959 period.


The back of the plate has the gold paper label and is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiial. I believe this particular version of the label predates the more common one with the black line.  It reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. 


It is in excellent condition. 


The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.  Made by the Homer Laughlin Company only from February 1936 to 1945 with a producation period of only 9 years, this Harlequin turquoise oval baker is hard to find today.  It is in very very good shape. The bowl measures 9 1/2 inches across and stands 2 inches high. It has great Deco styling and is a pratical and stylish piece today. I use a set of yellow individual salad bowls as my everyday dishes, great for salad, soups, pasta.


It is shown on page 236 of book titled Fiesta, Harlequin, Kitchen Kraft Dinnerware produced the the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Associatiion and published by Schiffer in 2000. The valuation at that time was $30-$33. My price is much less because I bought it very very reasonably.


It is in very good vintage condition with only a few light knife marks which can only be seen if you tip the bowl to the light.  Good strong glazing.


Add it to your Homer Laughlin Art Deco Harlequin collection or American Art Deco era dinnerware collection today.

Bennington Potters #1538 saucer / coaster

 

Bennington Potters #1365I salad plate

 

Annemarie Davidson 8 inch wide low bowl

 

Harlequin turquoise oval baker

Designed for Hall China by celebrated Hungarian designer extraordinaire Eva Zeisel, this 10 oz 4 inch tall creamer in the #1881 Bouquet pattern is part of the Hallcraft Classic line.  It features sprays of 5 different flowers on its body and a green leaf on its handle.  It is in excellent condition and ready to grace your Mid-century table today.  It would look stunning on a Paul McCobb or other Eames era designer credenza or buffet.  Or simply use it on your breakfast table!  Part of the Regent line made by Consolidated in the early 1940 or late 1930s, this is a 6 inch tall classically shaped vase. In the Regent line, it is shape 1140. Aqua cased in white and having a glossy finish. This vase is shown in a catalog reprint in Jack Wilson's 1989 book on page 151 (top row), where it is shape number 1140. It is scarce, as are all Regent cased pieces. Excellent condition.  The Catalonian line was introduced in January 1927. I was referred to as "The Glass of Old Spain." The patent for this unique type of glass listed it as "blister or bubble" glass. It was Consolidated's best selling line of glass at the time.


It comes in clear colors of Crystal, Emerald Green, and Spanish Rose pink.  The "soft" colors are produced by adding a transparent color wash to the glass.  The colors are known as Honey (yellow), Amethyst (purple), and Jade (soft green).  In the 1940s a cranberry overall wash was also used, along with different bands of color on clear. The most desired effect is called Rainbow.


Shown in the 1929 catalog reprint on page 34 of Jack Wilson's 1989 book, this is the #1175 shape of the Art Deco Catalonian line by Consolidated Glass. It stands 5 inches tall to the top of the glass lid which itself measures 1 1/8 across. The bottle base is 3 inches wide x 2 1/2 inches deep.  This particular bottle still has a cork in it. Both the lid and the base are in excellent condition.  This glassware pattern is fun, retro and funky. It is as practical today as when it was produced in the 1960s. Made by the Color Craft Corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana (started in 1959), this line was called Shat-R-Pruf. The clear glass items are encased in a rubberized coating of different background colors onto which a white material was strizzled in a circle or loop pattern.


These 4 Roly Poly bar tumblers are sometimes referred to also as rocks glasses. They stand 3 1/4 inches tall and measure 3 inches wide at the top. They hold 12 ounces. 


This set is in excellent condition and includes one in each of the following colors: red, dark tan, daffodil yellow and blue. Time to make some iced tea or something a bit stronger, head out to the patio and have a retro good time! Fill it with ice tea, lemonade, or cocktails and have some friends over for a retro patio cocktail blast!


Here is how the manufacturer advertised this line:


Crystal Clear Glass Inside - Tutone Plastisol outside


keeps liquids colder, less condensation, easy to hold, nests to save space, dishwasher safe. (I wash mine by hand!)

Eva Zeisel Hallcraft 10 oz. Bouquet crea $25.00

 

Consolidated Regent aqua 1140 6 inch vas

 

Consolidated Catalonian yellow toilet bo

 

4 Shat-r-pruf spaghetti string Roly Poly

Made between 1895 - 1902, this Cosmos pattern cased pink glass pepper shaker is among those started while Consolidated was still in Fostoria, Ohio prior to their move to Pennsylvania. Excellent overall condition. 


This pattern was made circa 1895-1902. It is shown on page 43 of the Lechner Volume 2 book. It is in excellent condition.  It is listed as very scarce. Standard roughness on the neck under the original metal lid. 


Buy it for your antique glass salt shaker or early Consolidated collection today.


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I am a long time member of the Phoenix & Consolidated Glass Collectors Club and past President (1988) of the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club. I guarantee the authenticity of this piece of Consolidated Glass. For more info on toothpick holders as a great collectible, visit the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society web page at (www.nthcs.org)  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there under these influential teachers: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


 From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



 Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard  who worked in the Burlington area, this #8 biomorhpic bowl was referred to in Ballard's brochure as a Birdwing bowl. 


It measures 8 1/4 inches long x 6 inches wide.  Ballard often used this form for his rare decorated pieces, including the Horse, Fish and Chicken pattern as well as two wild abstract patterns.


The color of this #8 Birdwing bowl is one of his early glazes. It is what I call cedar green.  It is in excellent condition.


Add it to your American Art Pottery or Ballard Pottery collection today.  Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont, which dates pre-1960 as that is the year they starting marking their pieces with shape numbers but not including the original Cooperative Design name in the mark. This plate carries the number 1240.  It is the same shape as pieces I own which carry the original Raymor line label. This 6 1/4 inch round x 3/4 inch deep plate with a rough unglazed bottom has glazed sides at the rim and is signed with an early large version of the Cooperative Design Bennington Potters mark.


The piece features a very stylized and abstract design of four rows of colored dots in black ovals separated by black lines done in shades of pumpkin orange, teal, daffodil yellow and a purplish blue color on a glossy white glaze. The early version of this plate used a chartreuse color. This late version uses a pumpkin orange color. A great fun and funky piece in excellent condition.  Looks likes lots of olives ready for a retro vintage martini!


David Gil's work in Bennington Vermont started in 1948. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters and used the mark Design Cooperative until around 1960. They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury.


After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores.


In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as Art Objects in the Practical Realm" - Museum Honored, Hand-crafted, Modestly Priced.

 David Gil Coop Design #1202 7 inch teardrop Musician in very early glossy white glaze, with the COOP Man/hand logo partially visible still at the top AND the rectangular Cooperative Design Bennington Vermont mark as well as .99 in black ink. It does not have the rough unglazed rim of the earliest pieces thus I am fairly confident this is a slightly later piece circa 1960. In 1960 most pieces added the words  Bennington Potters to the incised mark.  I have other designs in this teardrop series which carry the Raymor label. 


I recently purchased the same design in white glaze, making it easier to see that the instrument is a clarnet.It is in excellent shape.


I recently learned that when Gil decided to mark his works with shape numbers, he started with the number 1300. However, if an earlier design was to remain in production, they marked it with a number starting with 1200. This explains the numbering and mark on the transition pieces.


They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. 


After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores.

Consolidated Cosmos pink cased pepper sh

 

Ballard #8 Birdwing cedar green bowl

 

Gil Bennington Abstract Circles plate

 

David Gil Coop Design teardrop clarinet

This is a signed and dated Lundberg Studios 1975 paperweight from Davenport, California.  Lundberg Studios was founded in 1970  by the late James Lundberg. The body of the paperweight is opal or milk glass which has been satinized. The overlay decoration consists of silver tendrils of flowers whose blossoms are also silver with deep blue centers.  The leaves are done in a deep green glass. The asymmetrical placement of the flower seems to be common in early Lundberg Studio pieces.


The piece is numbered 280. It carries as well the initials DS, which is either David or Daniel Salazar.  It is a spectacular example of early California Art Glass.  Add it to your Mid Century glass or paperweight collection today.  This great small low 5 3/4 inch wide bowl was made and decorated by Mark Bellaire, another great Californian Mid Century designer. Bellaire worked at Sasha Brastoff's studio before working on his own.


This low bowl has an interesting fish scale pattern as a background done in tones of celadon green and white.  The two VERY abstract African Warrior or Dancer heads each have a headpiece, hoop earrings and hoops on their necks.  


It is in excellent shape and  is signed with standard white signature on a chocolate brown background.


Add it to your Mid Century Modern or California Modern Art Pottery collection today.  Made in Bristol Vermont, this Moutain Kiln Pottery 6 1/ 4 inch tall pitcher was made by either John F. Kennedy or Paul T. Kennedy, brothers who formed Green Mountain Wood Crafters in Charlotte Vermont in 1937 and worked there until a fire in 1942. 


Post WWII, they were located in Bristol Vermont until 1959. They moved into the former Sheffield Farms building on Route 22A in Vergennes in 1960, adding a gift shop where tourists were able to watch the wood ware being made. From 1960-1980 they had several retail locations in Florida, New York, New Hampshire but the most successful was in downtown Burlington at the corner of College and Church street, now Sweetwater's restaurant since 1980, though the Kennedy family still owns the building. 


The earliest piece I have heard of is this pitcher dated July 1947. I do not yet know when the pottery stopped operating. I now know that whichever brother was not involved with the wooden ware Vergennes operation opened a store in New Haven, VT which was operating as late as 1971 when an acquaintance's grandmother stopped and bought some pottery marked as Pittsfield Potters there.


In excellent condition, it is glazed in a high gloss dark pink glaze. The inside is glazed in a white glaze.  It is marked Mountain Kiln Pottery, July '47 and Bristol, VT. It is the second one I know of.  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were part of the faculty: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


 From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



This Ballard #4 fish shaped ashtray is done in a very unusual glaze for this shape. 


It is the only Fish shape ashtray I have ever seen done in one of the Crackle glazes.


It is the Crackle glaze Ballard of which Ballard was so proud and used on a few items made for the Carbone line. It is signed and in excellent condition.

Lundberg Studios Salazar 1975 paperweigh

 

Mark Bellaire African Heads low bowl

 

Mountain Kiln Pottery 1947 pink pitcher

 

Ballard #4 Fish blue crackle glaze ashtr

Produced by the Brockway Glass Company, of Brockway Pennsylvania, this cute and funky set of salt and pepper shakers carry the "long tail Y" Brockway signature on their bases embossed in the glass as well as 2 OZ Cap. and the number 2.  Each stands 4 inches tall and features a molded in relief CLOWN with the traditional zigzag collar, big buttons down the front of the clown suit and dots as decoration on the suit.  The clown appears seated as one can see both arms and legs.  The cap is red plastic and in great shape. Add them to your Brockway Glass or American Promotional Glassware or even Clown collection today.  These Purinton Fruit pattern range shakers feature a pear on the Pepper and an Apple on the Salt. Each has its original cork but it is up in the shaker.  They have no chips or cracks to  them. Each shaker stands four inches tall and is three inches wide.  They would look great in a country inspired kitchen.  Add them to your Purinton pottery or American Dinnerware collection today. They are in excellent condition.  Made between 1894 - 1900, this pattern is among those started while Consolidated was still in Fostoria, Ohio prior to their move to Pennsylvania.  As Lechner states in his Salt Shaker book (second edition) on page 45, this motif consists of four embossed fish standing upright; one on each corner of the shaker.  Excellent overall condition with some minor and typical inner rim roughness. 


It stands 3 1/2 and is considered by Lechner as very scarce.  The toothpick holder in this pattern is shown on the Second Edition of the Bredehoft book on page 46. It is very scarce in the cased colors.


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I am a long time member of the Phoenix & Consolidated Glass Collectors Club and past President (1988) of the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club. I guarantee the authenticity of this piece of Consolidated Glass. For more info on toothpick holders as a great collectible, visit the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society web page at (www.nthcs.org)  Made by the Purinton Pottery company of Pennsylvania, this form is known as a cornucopia vase.  This very decoration is hard to find and is shown on page 166 of the 1997 book by Johnson and Johnson. It is 6 inches tall at its highest point. It is decorated with the standard brown stem, green leaf and red 6 petal flowers of Purinton. It is signed with the brown stamped Purinton Slip Ware stamp.


Add it to your American Art Pottery collection or Purinton Pottery collection today.

Brockway Glass pair Clown salt pepper sh

 

Purinton Fruit range shakers

 

Consolidated green opaque Fish salt shak

 

Purinton Pottery red flower cornucopia v

This toothpick holder was produced by the Northwood Glass Works in 1902 as part of the National Glass Company. It stands 2 1/4 inches tall. It is shown on page 149 of the Second Edition Bredehoft book.


This particular green toothpick holder must have just barely gotten any refiring as the opalescent rim is hard to see but visible. The more heat in the refiring process the more the points of the rim melted. As you can see, the points in this pattern are almost untouched by the heat. That makes this a scarce example.  


The toothpick holder is in excellent condition and ready to join your collection.


I am a long time member and past President (1988) of the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club. I guarantee the authenticity of this TP. For more info on toothpick holders as a great collectible, visit the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society web page at (www.nthcs.org)

 Shown in the 1929 catalog reprint on page 32 of Jack Wilson's 1989 book, this is the #1119 2 5/8 inch tall tumbler shape of the whiskey or shot glass in the green jade wash color.


It was also sold as part of a six shot glass, decanter and tray shown on that same page as the 1162 decanter set. It is clear glass with a green ceramic wash and is in excellent condition. Add it to your Art Deco or Consolidated glass collection today. It is in excellent condition with a good wash on it.  Terry Crider started his glasswork in 1976. He is self taught. This studio glass artist has put out a limited amount of work over the past 32 years. He uses NO MOLDS and his only help has been his wife Donna who was responsible for all the finish work on the pieces. I had an email from Terry and Donna a few years ago stating that he doesn't think it would be fair to the collectors to make any of the same things again. They have decided, if they do make glass again, they are not going to make anything that they have made in the past. He made glass part time from 1988-2000. In 2005, he began again to produce a limited amount of glass. He's a great artist with VERY few early pieces out there. This toothpick is in mint condition and is signed Crider and though not dated, I believe it is from the 1977- 1981 period based on pattern and style. 


This Crider vaseline base glass with white applied swirling Kint Tut decoration is in a bulbous base urn shape with a modified simple flared top. The top rim is bordered by a rim of dark amethyst glass.  The outside is completely irridized. It's hard to imagine the amount of work that went into this beautiful, hand made toothpick holder. It is signed Crider and dated 2006 on the bottom.


This little toothpick holder stands about 2 inches high at its highest point and is 2 1/8 inches wide at the top. It is a fantastic piece of American art glass! It is in perfect condition.


I am a long time member and past President (1988) of the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club. I guarantee the authenticity of this TP. For more info on toothpick holders as a great collectible, visit the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society web page at (www.nthcs.org)  Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this set of 4 3 1/2 inch diameter coasters features what I have named the Jewel or Gumdrop pattern which consists of alternating rays of colors: orange, gold, a pinkish brown and chocolate brown coming out of 3 asymmetrically placed jewels on a dark blue purple on a deep mulberry purple background. This is a rare color background for Bovano in my opinion.


The back is done in the typical black counterenamel Bovano uses and the gold circle label which reads Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn. The labels are faded but present. All are in excellent condition. All in all, a great set to buy and use! Add this set to your Mid-Century Enamel collection today.

toothpick holder: Diamond Spearhead gree

 

Consolidated Catalonian 1119 jade whiske

 

Crider bulbous 2006 vaseline toothpick h

 

Bovano set 4 Mulberry jewel coasters

Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this is a set of 4  3 5/8 inch wide coasters in the original blue Bovano box. I have named this stunning pattern Red Flowers.  This pattern is shown on page 69 of the Spring 2003 Modernism magazine in Alan Rosenberg's article on enamel. 


The box measures a little over 14 inches long x 4 onches wide. Each of the four coasters has the gold circle label which reads Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn. It is in excellent shape and was apparently never used. Add it to your Mid-Century Enamel collection today  Bitossi Londi Raymor 8 inch long x 4 inch wide Rimini Blue Bitossi green/blue covered cigarette box, with original circular paper label stating Made in Italy, signed Italy 955 in black ink. One can always tell the Bitossi items by the way the I and T are conjoined in the word ITALY.This was made by the well-known and highly respected Italian firm of Bitossi. 


This covered cigarette box is extremely heavy. It has a textured Londi Rimini blue surface onthe outside bottom and a hand-tooled surface decorated with what I call the Raindrop pattern, rows of indentations which give it depth and texture.  As with most of the Bitossi heavy covered cigarette boxes one finds, this one has a few small chips to 2 of the inside corners of the box (see photos) . However, the lid is in perfect shape, which is hard to find. 

 Terry Crider started his glasswork in 1976. He is self taught. This studio glass artist has put out a limited amount of work over the past 32 years. He uses NO MOLDS and his only help has been his wife Donna who was responsible for all the finish work on the pieces. I had an email from Terry and Donna a few years ago stating that he doesn't think it would be fair to the collectors to make any of the same things again. They have decided, if they do make glass again, they are not going to make anything that they have made in the past. He made glass part time from 1988-2000. In 2005, he began again to produce a limited amount of glass. He's a great artist with VERY few early pieces out there. This toothpick holder is signed Crider 2007.


This Crider clear base glass with inclusions of pink and dark purple is in a bulbous base urn shape with a flared urn top. It also has a King Tut pattern in white glass on the outside of it. In addition, it is iridized. It's hard to imagine the amount of work that went into this beautiful, hand made toothpick holder. 


This little toothpick holder stands about 1 5/8 inches high at its highest point and it is 2 1/2 inches wide at its widest point. It is a fantastic piece of American art glass! It is in perfect condition.


I am a long time member and past President (1988) of the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club. I guarantee the authenticity of this TP. For more info on toothpick holders as a great collectible, visit the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society web page at (www.nthcs.org)


 This Mid-century enamel item was created by a woman named Louise Evans, who lived in  California. Now deceased, she created this item in the early 1960s. I purchased this from her daughter Lee in late 2007. In her e-mails, the daughter stated that her mother had taken enameling classes in the early 1960s in southern California. Perhaps she worked with Annemarie Davidson or Mary Sharp or Elizabeth Madley or the great Curtis Tann.  The daughter didn't know the name of the teacher. 


What is very clear is that she mastered the enameling process as her works compare favorably with some of the best made in California at the time. 


This plate measures 7 3/4 inches wide and stands 4 1/2 inches wide at its widest point. The background is done in a technique pioneered by Edward Winter and used extensively by Harold Tischler. It has lines in pinkish gold with some hints of green at the rim. The  glass jewels on the top layer make me think of gumdrops, thus the name of the pattern I am giving it.  The jewels are cobalt blue, light blue and yellow, creating green tones when they meet.  The back is nicely counter-enameled in a dark bronze or brown color. She signed this piece with her initials LE and 68, indicating 1968. She was a talented artist and in her daughter's words was "was heavily into copper enameling, lapidary craft and gardening".   Add this item to your enamel collection today!

Bovano Red Flowers coaster boxed set

 

Bitossi Londi Italy covered cigarette bo

 

toothpick holder: Crider 2007 pink feat

 

Louise Evans enamel triangular copper pl




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