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Cambridge Part 3
THE CAMBRIDGE GLASS CO. – Part III
So few photos of Cambridge Carnival Glass examples exist in earlier written accounts. Jack and Mary Adams, along with the late Don Moore offered their knowledge to benefit collectors who were associated with Clubs through newsletters during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
(On this site, please see article under heading: Cambridge Carnival Glass, by Mary L. Adams.)
We hope that in providing the photos taken while visiting the Museum, along with our accumulation of research over our years of collecting, that newer collectors will realize the value in these pieces. Added to the usual collection of carnival glass from the “big five” producers, the Cambridge pieces lend an integrity and interest, which seldom surfaces except from the most advanced collections. Many fewer in number overall than the Carnival Glass from more recognized companies , examples from this famous manufacturer are worth every effort to obtain!
Ability to photograph to better advantage than in earlier times, along with new museums to further research promotes better awareness. Education, combined with the availability from time to time, arising on Ebay , desire to collect Cambridge Carnival Glass should become more intensified. These are equal in crystal quality to any of the Millersburg pieces!
DOUBLE STAR – The green water set is the only one of all the Cambridge sets which can be readily found. (A 7 pc. Green water set sold Nov. 22, 2003 for $600.) Amethyst and marigold examples are very difficult to locate. (Please notice the Tassel effect at the base of these pieces. It closely resembles the tasseling found on the Imperial Hobstar and Tassel Carnival examples. Is this another “cross-over” use of a design by more than one manufacturer? There is a similar tasseling effect used on the Imperial Chatelaine water set, as well. That designing carried over from the cut crystal and pressed glass period. (A green Double Star water pitcher brought $450 at the HOACGA Convention auction in April 2004.)
BUZZ SAW – We owned a large size crystal Buzz Saw at one time. That size is about 5” tall, including stopper. The smaller size is 4 1/4” (with stopper) in height. These cruets have a pontil mark on the center base. (A small size green cruet/stopper sold for $250 at the HOACGA Convention auction in April 2004.)
BUZZ SAW and FILE – Characteristics are similar to Double Star, but attribution to Cambridge is tenuous at best. While the geometric design is much like Double Star, further research may lead to US Glass as the maker. One of these pitchers sold for $150 on the Doty sale section of his site, in early May 2004!
BUZZ SAW and FILE
We show these seven photos of the Buzz Saw and File pattern for your consideration. Whether they are actually of Cambridge origin, we cannot confirm. While they are unlisted in the few recorded files surrounding this manufacturer’s carnival glass, the pattern certainly resembles the one known as Double Star……….This water tumbler is 4 1/4” tall, with a 2 ¼” base. There are two other sizes: (Juice) 3 7/8” tall x 1 7/8” base and (Lemonade) 5 5/8” tall x 2 5/8”. All known examples are in marigold. This is a very scarce pattern. A footed goblet and a footed sherbet are very scarce items in this pattern. When and if more definite information becomes available, surrounding this pattern, we will most certainly update!
Left - Buzz Saw Cruet - Green -Small size - only found in Green.
Middle - Large size BUZZ SAW Cruet.Courtesy Rick & Debbie Graham.
Right - Buzz Saw Cruet ad as seen in the Cambridge Nearcut Catalog.
BUZZ SAW~~~alias, Double Star?
These cruets in two sizes were made first in crystal. (We have owned one each over the years.) In Carnival, the small cruet is found only in green. The large size is found in marigold and green, many times without stopper. So, should you find a stopper by itself somewhere, it could be worth more than the complete cruet!
How these cruets came to be called Buzz Saw is a story we do not have for you, but they are said to be in the Double Star family.
Dean & Diane Fry~~6/04
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