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Cambridge Part 5
CAMBRIDGE GLASS – Part V
WHEAT SHEAF DECANTER
We would like to be able to show this beautiful set in green, but believe that we are very fortunate to own it in crystal! This is a heavily cut pattern and was known as Cambridge “Wheat Sheaf No. 2660". Only one of these is known in green Carnival. It stands 12” high to the top of the stopper and is shaped much like the Buzz Saw Cruet. At one time, it was in the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Woody Funk in Lititz. PA. There are no known green 3 ½ oz. shot glasses.
NOTE: The shot glasses for this decanter and those for the Near Cut Decanter are of the same design. Jack Adams and we agreed on that some years ago.
A covered CRACKER JAR in purple is known in this pattern. Very few of these have turned up and most are without the lid. It stands a bit taller than the better known Inverted Feather Cracker Jar but is not quite as wide. It is much more rare.
This Cracker Jar has been attributed by carnival glass collectors to Cambridge Glass Co., and is on display in crystal form in their Museum. What is believed to be the only iridized green FORKS jar with no lid brought $275 in the 11/22/03 St. Louis auction of the Adams’ collection.
To further complicate the scenario: We illustrate page 36 from the Cambridge Catalog clearly showing that their “NEARCUT” design #2696 was produced in a table set, which is further proof that the design was produced in quantity by this company at some point.
Please notice the dual row of diamond facets on the finial, differing in this aspect, from the #410 Cracker Jar found in the 1909 Imperial Catalog.
Jack and Mary Adams visited us in the early ‘90’s, while we still lived in San Diego. Jack commented upon seeing this set and the Wheat Sheaf set in crystal, that he had always wished for some green shot glasses to go with their NEAR CUT Decanter in green. Apparently none were ever iridized. The Adams’ green decanter having a clear stopper and a crack sold on Nov. 22, 2003 for $275.
How many green decanters are there? Possibly two. They are extremely rare and desirable. They would rank near the top of the list of rare Cambridge Carnival. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Garner of Fresno, CA owned one, but their collection was sold in 1983. We do not know where that decanter resides presently.
A creamer, a tumbler, and a few marigold Souvenir mugs are known in this NEAR CUT design. One of the mugs is stenciled: Souvenir of Amana, Iowa sold on Nov. 22, 2003 for $125. A creamer in light marigold sold in 1997 for $275. The incised pattern on creamer and mugs is the same, with flashed on stenciling applied to the smooth area above the design. Tumblers are of the same design as the mugs. There is no collar base on them. Bottoms were very likely factory ground. A marigold tumbler having stenciling around the top sold at $200 in 1997.
Our crystal decanter displays NEAR CUT on the lower portion of the handle. Other collectors have verified that marking to be on their examples, as well.
Page 84 of the Cambridge NEARCUT Catalog displays the three shapes shown here. They are all listed under one number~2658. The examples found having a light marigold finish, were sometimes used for souvenir type merchandise in any of the three shapes. Lettering could be etched into the smooth marigold upper surface of the pieces.
Dean & Diane Fry~~ 6/04
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