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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 replacements.com, 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

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.   

David Gil Bennington Bull Raymor #1240 p

  



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