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Cambridge Part 2
 Most of us associate certain colors with certain companies. It becomes almost a trade-mark of sorts. Of course, there is a substantial overlapping but by and large, we associate blue and red with Fenton; aqua opal and the pastels with Northwood; peach opal with Dugan; smoky, amber and clambroth with Imperial.

When we come to Cambridge, we pick up a second characteristic. Not only are nearly all of the Cambridge pieces either marigold or green, but the patterns are exclusively intaglio (cut- in), instead of raised as is the case with most other Carnival patterns, the direct result of usage of molds designed originally for making clear crystal/pressed glass pieces.

INVERTED FEATHER: Only one pitcher (tankard) in marigold is confirmed. A few green and marigold tumblers are known.

INVERTED FEATHER: Cambridge introduced this pattern in a wide range of crystal in 1906. They called it their “Feather Design No. 2651.” A few shapes were later carried into their Carnival line. Whereas the crystal pieces still turn up from time to time, Carnival items are very hard to find. The crystal line was produced for some ten years following its introduction in 1906. The first carnival glass was produced in 1908.


Punch Set: One complete set is known in marigold. A second bowl and base exists but the bowl is cracked and there are no cups. One very rare bowl and base and 2-3 cups are known in green.

Mid Spring-1907-Note MILK PITCHER
Mid Spring -1907-Note MILK PITCHER

Milk Pitcher: Only one example is known in marigold. It is signed “Near Cut” on the interior of the base. It is interesting that the water pitcher and this milk pitcher are shaped differently. This is not often the case where both pieces were made in the same pattern such as the Inverted Strawberry for example. The milk pitcher is somewhat shorter than the tankard and has a wider base, making it appear more square-like.
Cracker Jar:

No doubt more collectors relate to the green cracker jar in this pattern than any other piece made in Carnival by the Cambridge Co. It is not rare but like most covered pieces it is popular and brings a good price. The same piece in purple is extremely rare.

Whimsied base for Inverted Feather Cracker jar
Whimsey or bonbon from the Cracker Jar base:

This piece was found in Ohio along in the early `90's. So far as we know, it is the only one known. It sold in 1996 for $2750.
Fall-1908-Tankard and Table Set made in Carnival.
Fall-1908-Tankard and Table Set made in Carnival.

Tankard water pitcher: Only one or two pitchers are  known in marigold. It carries the Near Cut trade-mark on the handle. This pitcher is perhaps the rarest of all the known Cambridge pieces that were made in Carnival. The Complete Guide to Carnival Glass Rarities by Don Moore, written in the early `80's includes reference to a water pitcher in purple.

Table Set: These pieces are extremely rare. It would be a real challenge to put together a complete four piece set.
in Amethyst
INVERTED FEATHER Creamer in Marigold
INVERTED FEATHER Creamer in Marigold
Inverted Feather Punch Cup-green-one of fewer than 6 known
Inverted Feather Punch Cup-green-one of fewer than 6 known
INVERTED FEATHER Punch Set as seen in Cambridge Museum-4-15-04.
INVERTED FEATHER Punch Set as seen in Cambridge Museum

April 1906 Butler Ad
It was offered in a 1908 Butler Brothers Catalog in crystal. It is interesting that the set included both cups and footed sherbets.
INVERTED FEATHER Spooner in Amethyst (Near Cut)
INVERTED FEATHER Spooner in Amethyst (Near Cut)
Inverted Feather Wine- marigold

Wine Glass: The late John Britt was a collector of wines and a constant researcher (BLESS him!) This little wine belonged to him. It stands a shade over 4” tall. Top opening: 1 ¾” wide with a six-sided base measuring 2”. It has a 26 point star impressed into the underside of the base. John states in his research that the base, stem and bowl are exactly like the much larger and more common stemmed parfait glass, sometimes called a compote.


Only a handful ( six or eight) of these are known. Most tumbler collectors would no doubt rank it among the ten rarest Carnival tumblers. Tumblers in marigold and green are known.
Inverted Feather Parfait
Parfait glass:
This is sometimes called a  compote. It is the most available of any of the Carnival pieces in this pattern. Found in a six-ruffle flare, the base is 3”, is 5 ¾” tall, with a top opening of about 4 ½”. We have not seen this piece in other than Marigold color. A very nice example sold @ $50. over Ebay  on 4/2/04.

Powder Jar: One each in marigold and green sold in 1997 for just under $300.

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