Yesteryear Here

Circa: 1955-1985
Manufacturer: unknown
Not everything that sparkles is gold..en Foliage by Libbey Glass! See my last post on how to distinguish these from real Libbey Golden Foliage.

I recently bought a set of eight rocks glasses with what I thought was LIbbey's iconic and popular Z3316 Golden Foliage pattern on them. Libbey's iconic Golden Foliage line (1957-1982) was introduced in the Fall 1957 catalog on page 11.

However, the 9 oz. curved side rocks glass was produced only from 1973-1980. When I compared the pattern one the set of glasses I assumed were by Libbey to one signed Libbey Golden Foliage rocks glass, I noticed a few differences.

First and foremost, they are not signed with the famous LIbbey cursive capital L on the bottom. I then examined them side by side and noticed that;

1) The basic shape was different. The genuine Libbey rocks glasses has a curved side while the mystery glass has a straight slant on its side.

2) There are 8 single or double leaves on the Libbey glass. There are only 5 on the mystery glass.

3) The Libbey leaves are small compared with the mystery glass whose leaves reach from the top to the bottom of the frosted middle area.

4) The oak leaves in the clear area of the band are very different. The real Libbey leaves have a serrated edge while the mystery glass pattern has round edges.

5) There is clear glass outlining only part of every one of the 8 elements of the Libbey pattern. On the mystery glass, all five elements are completely outlined in clear.
5) Finally, one of the characteristics of the Golden Foliage pattern concerning the oak leaves is that in the Libbey version there is are some clear horizontal lines which encroach into the frosted area at the top and bottom of the oak leaves. This was a very Midcentury graphic design motif.

Both glasses features two gold bands around the frosted area. Both stand 3 1/4 inches tall. I have included an original page from the 1973 Libbey catalog where this rocks glass made its debut.
So, which company made the Libbey Golden Foliage imitation? As they say, "research continues"

This set is in excellent condition and ready for your barware needs. (No dishwasher though. Hand wash only).

Shop by Store Name

Click on a letter to view store names that begin with that letter.
More Shopping
  • Today's news about the antiques & collectibles trade.
  • The Showcase Antiques & collectibles that were added to today.
  • Get an online appraisal for an item here.