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Cambridge Part 4

Like most Cambridge patterns, this is an intaglio (cut in) design. It was made in a wide range of crystal shapes but not many were carried into Carnival. Most of the pieces in this pattern are harder to find than either Inverted Strawberry or Inverted Feather. Many of these pieces are signed “Near Cut”, but not all.

In 1977, Mosser Glass Inc. reproduced the tumbler and the covered butter in ice blue. Since no pastels were made by Cambridge in old Carnival, these should pose no problem.
Amethyst Inverted Thistle pitcher
Inverted Thistle water set
Amethyst Inverted Thistle Pitcher
Inverted Thistle water set

Water Pitcher: It is doubtful if more than 9 or 10 purple pitchers exist and only 3-4 are known in marigold. It is a beautiful addition to the rarest of collections.

Tumbler:  Only 4-5 are known in marigold and perhaps a couple of dozen in purple.

Water set: A 5 pc. set in extremely rare marigold brought $5400 at the 2004 HOACGA Convention when Seeck Auctions sold the collection of Dr. Jack Pritchard.

Milk Pitcher: Extremely rare. Two are confirmed in green. Purple is reported but not confirmed.

Compote: Only one example of this piece is known. It stands about 8” tall and unlike the Inverted Strawberry compotes, it is ruffled around the top. It has also been reported in blue and green but not confirmed.

Chop Plate: Only one purple 11” chop plate has been confirmed. The inside of the plate is smooth with the pattern cut in on the back side. This was reported in the early writings of the late Don Moore.

Tri-corner Inverted Thistle whimsey from the 3-toed nutbowl
Flared top Inverted Thistle whimsey from the3-toed nutbowl
Tri-corner Inverted Thistle whimsey from the 3-toed nutbowl.
Flared top Inverted Thistle whimsey from the 3-toed nutbowl.

Tri-Corner Whimsey:  This very rare green piece was fashioned from the 3-toed Nutbowl. It has lovely iridescence.  At one time, it was in the collection of Gordon and Charlotte Williams of Lodi, CA, who helped us greatly by offering their collection of old Butler Brothers Catalogs for our research in preparing the Reprints of 1994. They have since sold their carnival glass collection.

Flared Top Whimsey:  Green. Fashioned from the 3-toed nutbowl. This piece was in the Ruth & John Phillips collection for sometime.  Following the ACGA Convention auction, conducted by Burns Auction Service on June 25, 2004 in Dublin, OH, the Tri-Corner Whimsey went home to MI with Bob and Geneva Leonard. This Flared Top Whimsey went home with Dean and Diane Fry to be proudly displayed. This was the largest offering of Cambridge Carnival Glass seen in one place for many a day!  These are signed Near Cut.

Inverted Thistle 8 in. bowl and sugar-in Cambridge museum showcase.
Inverted Thistle bowl.
Inverted Thistle 8 in. bowl and sugar-in Cambridge museum showcase.
Inverted Thistle bowl in amethyst.

Bowls:  Various sizes and shapes in both purple and green. These are rare but less desirable than the other pieces in this pattern. The pattern is on the reverse side making them difficult to display. An 8” round amethyst bowl in Inverted Thistle sold Nov. 22, 2003 for $200. The Adams enjoyed collecting the very unusual in Carnival Glass. This auction provided some examples which had not come up to public sale for many years.

Inverted Thistle Sugar bowl in Cambridge Museum.
Amethyst Inverted Thistle Butter Dish Lid-in Museum
Inverted Thistle Sugar bowl in Cambridge
Amethyst Inverted Thistle Butter Dish Lid-in Museum.


Through time and personal research/awareness we learn more about our our beloved carnival glass. Donna Adler discovered these three amethyst Table Set pieces recently, and we are happy to share them with our viewers!

Although the Museum had marked the green and marigold Spooners as Sugars, we now have photos to prove their assumption to be incorrect.  So few examples exist in this Cambridge pattern, it is not surprising that Museum curators have none to work from in creating their assessments.

INVERTED THISTLE Creamer 5 in. tall
INVERTED THISTLE Spooner 4 1/2 in. tall
INVERTED THISTLE Creamer 5 in. tall

Please see the Newest Update for the Inverted Thistle Pattern

Stars and Bars Punch set.
Stars and Bars Punch set

This punch set is shown in an old Cambridge catalog reprint listed as No. 2626. We merely illustrate the punch set by reason of the clarity of the pattern. This is not to say the punch set was made in carnival glass. The late John Britt placed an article about this pattern into the 1990 HOACGA Educational Series II   publication, including this same illustration.  Seems the pattern was discovered in Welkers Cambridge Glass, Book #2.  (NOTE: The clear glass punch set is on display in the Cambridge Museum 4/15/04.) John states this book is a reprint, also showing another pattern made in carnival glass listed only as No. 2351, called CAMBRIDGE HOBSTAR.  Several carnival glass punch cups, in both marigold and green, have been discovered in this pattern.  A number of other Cambridge patterns that are known to have been made in carnival glass are listed in these two books. At the time of John's 1990 research for this article, the Welker books could be purchased from Lyle Welker, 2 East Main Street, New Concord, Ohio 43762. Whether or not that information remains factual at this date in time, we cannot say.

Stars & Bars Wine.
Stars & Bars Wine

As originally described by John Britt in the 1990 HOACGA Educational Series II

This little wine glass, known as “Stars & Bars”, described and sketched by Mrs. Hartung in her Book 10 - page 80, is a pattern made by the old Cambridge Glass Co. of Cambridge, OH. This pattern was found in Book 2 of Welker's Cambridge Glass books. This book contains parts of old Cambridge catalogs and was put together by Mary Lyle and Lynn Welker. The Stars & Bars pattern is listed in old Cambridge catalogs as pattern No. 2626. Mrs. Marion Hartung  gave the pattern its name.

The wine is of a marigold color. It is just a little over 3 ¾” tall and with a base diameter of slightly less than two inches. The top measures 2 1/8” wide. The pattern is of the intaglio or near-cut type. The bottom of the base has a sunburst- like figure that is very similar to that used on the base of the Cambridge “Inverted Feather” tumblers and punch cups. It is different from the 26 point rayed star pattern that is found on the base of the “Inverted Feather” wine. The wine featured is the exact wine described in Hartung Book 10.
The “Stars & Bars” wine is not signed with the Nearcut trademark, which was used on some Cambridge pieces. The “Inverted Feather” punch cup, wine and tumblers in carnival glass are likewise not signed. The “Inverted Feather” water pitcher is signed. The trademark on the water pitcher is rather unusual in that it is placed on the top of the handle instead of the bottom of the base where trademarks are usually found.

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