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Like other better known lines such as Lido, Soreno, and Pagoda, this late 1960s to early 1970s glass line from Anchor Hocking comes in these colors: avocado green, clear, gold, laser blue, and a rare flower vase.


According to, the line includes 11 pieces: a 4" flat juice tumbler, a 3 1/8" old fashioned tumbler, a 5 1/2 inch tall 12 oz beverage tumbler, a 6 inch 16 oz tall tumbler, a 6 3/4 inch 22 oz "cooler", a 9 5/8 inch 64 oz pitcher, and a 11 1/4 inch storage jar. For footed pieces, it includes a 3 1/2 inch 8 oz champagne/tall sherbet, a 5 3/4 inch water goblet. It even includes two plates, both a 9 7/8 inch dinner plate and a 10 inch snack plate with cup ring. 

This makes this line one of the most complete lines Anchor Hocking offered in this time period. It is also a hybrid of the textured surface lines such as Lido, Soreno, and Pagoda and much more traditional glassware in that the pattern of flowers is done in relief on each piece while keeping a stippled background.  Are you named Anthony or Armstrong? Audrey or Adams? If your first name or last name begins with the letter "A", then this set of vintage platinum rim Midcentury hiball glasses from the 1960s is for you! 

Yes, that's the ticket! This set of 4 clear with "A" monogram tumblers/hiballs stands 5 1/2 inches tall. Each one carries the monogram "A" on one side. Very heavy 3/4 inch base which gives these glasses great stability and heft. 

So, let's see, which classic cocktail would you serve in your "A" glasses?  It's funny that I have now purchased a third set of this Federal pattern after never seeing it before last month. This version has a silver rim added to it with embossed 6 embossed designs repeated twice around the bowl. The design is very abstract but feels Scandanavian in nature. It could even be a very abstract butterfly. 

This set of 3 5/8 inch tall footed cocktail glasses features a smoky gray foot attached to a clear round bowl. This size was listed as their "champagne / tall sherbet " but it would be a great choice for your classic or craft cocktails too! 

The set is now for sale for $20 for the set of 3, that's less than $7 each  This 10 inch bud vase was decorated by the Lotus Glass Company but the blank is by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company. Tall and stunning and ready for a rose.

Excellent condition.

Set of four Anchor Hocking Midcentury Ra


set of 4 Midcentury Queen's Lusterware c


Set of 3 Federal Glass Midcentury Nordic


Lotus decorated West Virginia Specialty

Carl Radke 2014 Red with a Yellow Tut Pattern Toothpick Holder:

This Carl Radke 2014 signed toothpick holder stands 2 inches tall but its overall width is a smaller size than later ones Carl did for me. It was one of the ones where he was trying to learn the form and get the right diameter. It is blown into a traditional 1880-1895 American Art Glass shape, that being a double gourd form but a wider one. It is made of one layer then decorated: the inner red glass color layer over which a yellow Tut pattern is placed. It is then iriidized to create it lustrous finish. It is signed on the bottom "Carl Radke 15" and carries his Phoenix Studios silver paper label. It was one of the original 36 prototypes Carl created for my display of his work at the 2015 40th Annual Convention of the NTHCS (National Toothpick Holder Collector’s Society).

It is in excellent condition. $80 plus Priority Mail shipping from 05452.

Carl Radke has been blowing glass since 1970. He was one of a vanguard of young artists who participated in the Renaissance of American Art Glass in the early 1970s.

Originated by Tiffany in 1881 and popular during the early part of the 20th century, Lustre Art Glass had fallen out of favor about 1925, practically becoming a lost art. In the latter part of the 1960s, the art programs of several California universities began to rekindle an interest in glassblowing in general and in Silver Art Glass specifically. Several of the young artists became fascinated with the medium and were caught up by the challenge of rediscovering this complex and sophisticated art form.

Lustre Glass is a very specialized glassblowing medium because of the silver content in the glass. It has always been one of the most costly forms of glass to produce. In addition to the high cost of the raw materials used in Lustre Glass, the raw glass can only be maintained in the oven for a short time before the color, quality, and texture of the glass batch begins to degenerate. These two factors prevent this volatile studio glass from being mass-produced in a larger factory environment. Thus, the specific formulae and high raw material costs have kept the blowing of Silver Lustre Art Glass in the hands of a few skillful artisans as the glass maker must be chemist as well as craftsman to work successfully in this medium.

Carl Radke is one of only a few glassblowers out of the thousands in the United States who continues to work in this difficult and traditional glass. His skill with glass and glass decoration has allowed him to "play" with the medium and to develop his unique creations.  David Gil Coop Design 6 1/8 inch round x 3/4 inch deep plate with rough unglazed bottom and yellow tinted outside rim, signed with incised signature 'David Gil' and 'bennington'. The deeply incised mark and the dark base color of the clay seen on the back of the plate as well as the orange tinted rim place this plate into the early period for this 1240 shape series. Both the bottom and the bottom of the side rim are unglazed. 

The pattern of this plate is a very abstract one, depicting a Bull or Steer with horns. I have nicknamed this piece Lascaux Bull as it reminds me of the cave paintings there. In my 2013 interview with Gloria Gil, she stated that David Gil was inspired by the discovery of the Lascaux caves in France in 1940 and opened to the public in 1948, the same year David graduated from Alfred University and started Cooperative Designin Bennington Vermont.

The body is done in a simple line technique of blue and black. The eye is turquoise blue and there are two brown spots on the side of the animal. What is interesting about the brown spots is that you can also see hints of the turquoise blue color coming through them. The glaze over this must be a type of semi-matte glaze as the colors are muted.

This is a hard to find variation of this early period 1240 shape.

In addition to the standard early period david gil bennington signature, it also shows the outline of the original Raymor paper label which was placed right over the bennington signature. Excellent condition.  It was part of the Raymor line. Many of these early period 1240 plates are still found with an intact Raymor label or the shadow of the sticker. Gloria Gil told me that Raymor approached them in 1953. Their association with Raymor last 20 years until 1973.

David Gil started producing work in Bennington Vermont 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, then into the Bennington Potters company we have known since 1960 and still very much active today.

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.   

Carl Radke 2014 Red with Yellow Tut TP $70.00


David Gil Bennington Bull Raymor #1240 p


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