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Cosmos & Cane by US Glass
COSMOS and CANE~~by United States Glass Co.
This lovely pattern from United States Glass Co. is quite well-known among collectors. The white can sometimes have a distinct gray tonal quality, and can be quite “frosty” in its appearance, setting it apart from the white classifications manufactured by Northwood and Fenton, for instance. On occasion, a piece of this pattern or in Palm Beach will actually take on a lavender appearance.
Having said all this, we hasten to add that the iridescent treatment on these and the Palm Beach examples in white, cannot be surpassed for stupendous iridescence.
Rudy Kovacs, in his inimitable style, might say, “it has class it hasn't even USED yet!” Commonality nor abundance are terms which would apply to the shapes within range, yet when the pattern presents itself, many times the prices do not measure up to such as the Northwood Grape and Cable pieces! HMMM? Water sets will usually draw close attention, basically for their very lovely pitcher shape, which draws up from a vaguely square attitude at the base, into the usual round shape at mid-range. We can think of no other pitcher by any maker, having that distinct attribute.
Doris Bliss has contributed some photos of items from her collection, in order that we might display a nice range of shapes for viewers. We owe her a debt of gratitude for helping with this segment.
Honey Amber color is a fairly accurate description. Yes, the base glass is clear, but certainly the iridescent overspray cannot be called marigold. There seem to be more examples in this color, than in white.
COSMOS and CANE
The lovely flowers/leaves design extends to the underside of the tumblers/pitcher. More honey amber tumblers in this pattern are found than in either white or marigold.
The dome footed compote shown on the left, is somewhat unusual in shape, since many of them have a flared top opening. This one has more a punch bowl shape, or perhaps a rose bowl appearance. The rare purple dome footed compote shown sold for $900.00 on January 29, 2005.
The spittoon shaped top compote is from the same mold as the dome footed compote. The shaping is done with an applewood paddle used by the attending glass worker.
The four piece table set in honey amber is not an easy combination to put together, as is the case with almost any table set. Anyone who collects table sets will emphatically tell you that to locate any complete set having no damage is next to impossible. These pieces were definitely placed into daily use by their original owners, so knobs, handles and the lid rims are nearly all somewhat chipped.
COSMOS & CANE 9 in. Bowl
Three sides pulled up from 11 in. Chop Plate.$200. at the 2005 HOACGA Conv. auction
COSMOS and CANE Berry Set in white. 8 in. bowl and 4.25 in. diam. bowls.
The deep white bowl measures about 9 1/2”, and would certainly qualify as a small fruit bowl.
COSMOS & CANE Rosebowl is 7 1/4 in. wide by 3 1/4 in. high with plain interior
The honey amber rosebowl of 7 inches is shaped from the mold used for the 9 ½” bowl we show in white.
Amber COSMOS & CANE tall compote- one of two known
The honey amber tall compote is one of only two or three known. It has a deeper tonal quality than the table set pieces in the same color. We show the white version of this compote in another segment. You can locate it in the pattern index offered on the opening page of carnival glass 101.
COSMOS & CANE 7 1/4 in. wide by 2 1/4 in. at highest ruffle - HEADDRESS interior
The 7” ruffled bowl in honey amber having the Headdress interior pattern is a shape found more often that some of the others.
COSMOS & CANE Low Ruffled Bowl - 10 1/2 in. wide by 2 1/4 in. high
Exterior of this same 7” ruffled bowl in honey amber carries the lovely Cosmos & Cane pattern, complete with the lovely design within the marie.
NOTE: (Should you care to click into our segment “White is a Delight” you will see five additional examples in Cosmos and Cane pattern. The chop plate in honey amber can be seen in our segment “Some Interesting Chop Plate Patterns”. The Honey amber rosebowl having Headdress interior can be found in a ROSEBOWL segment.)
A honey amber 11” chop plate sold for $1300. at the Nov. 13 Wroda auction in Greenville,OH. These do not surface very often and should be considered among the rarest of chop plates!
A white 5” IC shape berry bowl sold in that same auction for $35.
Rare Honey Amber COSMOS & CANE Tumbler with J.R. Milner advertising on the bottom
Honey Amber Tumblers having the J.R. Milner advertising on the base are extremely scarce.
COSMOS & CANE Platter
COSMOS & CANE Platter: We became acquainted with Michael and Dee Sponsler during attendance at one of the Southern California Club meetings, having joined that Club in 1981. They came in a year or so later. Discovering they owned a pet shop and lived in Clairemont, just east of our Pacific Beach home, the friendship became a close one very shortly. Eventually, in June of 1985, we combined forces to charter the San Diego Carnival Club.
Sponslers purchased a fairly large collection from a source in Los Angeles about 1984, and included was this Cosmos and Cane Honey Amber Platter. Although rare, or more accurately stated, “a-one-of-a-kind”, they were not inclined to keep it in their collection.
Don Moore made an offer on it, but we believe that Ken and Beverly Osbon, of Oregon (at that time), were eventually to become owners. When Osbon's sold some of their glass at HOACGA in later years, this platter was included.
We have handled it at different times, and believe that although pulled more narrow on two sides, and certainly not flat, the original shape may have been the butter dish base, although the upright ring of glass which would stabilize the lid, is not evident. The twelve original rounded edges remain evident. It measures 11 ½”long x 7 7/8” wide.
Collectors who enjoy the whimsey shapes in various patterns take great pride in such distortions.
Overall, we believe you will agree that this is one of the most elegant designs in all of carnival glass!
Dean & Diane Fry-1/05
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