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Story on Vases
Text and photos by Dean & Diane Fry
Palm Beach
The Palm Beach vase shown here is 7” tall at the highest point, having a 2 5/8”d. base. There are only a few of these known in either white or honey amber/marigold made by US Glass. They were “swung” into this shape from the standard table set “spooner”! ( Please stay with us! We’re leading into that process!) There are some other patterned examples of spooners which became vases, as well.
Circle Scroll
The Circle Scroll vase is 7 ¼” tall, a base of 2 ½”, which was originally a tumbler. This is a Dugan pattern, known to be extremely scarce in pitchers. The vases are not plentiful, but it’s next to impossible to locate a purple tumbler, even though you might locate a pitcher! They were swung into these vases, for the most part.
Parlor Panels
Parlor Panels vases from Imperial Glass are known in a range of colors, and lengths of up to about 12”. Marigold is not too difficult to obtain in various lengths. When a collector decides that a “short” version would be nice, then word must be passed around to that effect, and a substantial waiting period ensues!..........We’re talking YEARS here! A vase such as this *3 ¼”x 3 ¼” smoke example, or perhaps one in marigold is very DIFFICULT to get, with a purple one virtually unavailable, unless one has unlimited funds….This size is just as the vase emerges from the mold, before “swinging”. * Referred to as a “squat” vase.
5 14 diam. Rustic Funeral vase
Rustic Vt. Funeral with 5 14 diam. base (notice riser)
Marigold Rustic Vase
Blue Rustic Variant
There are Standard size vases with approx. 3 ½” bases. Heights for these is 8”-12”. Mid-size vases having approx. 4 5/8” bases have heights of 11”-14”. Then there are Funeral vases having collar bases of appox. 5 ½” in diameter (see photo of Marigold Rustic vase.) 16”-21” is the range in height for these. Some with “plunger bases” or a “riser” section at the base, such as is seen in the photo of the blue Rustic Varient have the same 5 ¼” d. base. Both these large vases were made by Fenton. Northwood created similar Funeral sizes with many of the same characteristics, in Tree Trunk pattern, as did Imperial Glass with their Morning Glory design. The smooth “rise” just above the collar base on some of the Funerals from Northwood are given the name “elephant’s foot”. Jack-in the Pulpit is another vase shape used by Dugan, Fenton and Northwood from time to time. That term implies: one side turned up into a flare, and the opposite side turned down. As you purchase more books in your desire to learn, you will see pictures of the many vases available to collectors. An insatiable appetite can be catered to repeatedly over long periods of time, buying only vases. Try it!........You’ll like it!
Original vase mold
Cast iron snap showing the three openings
Snap in open position
Cast iron snap showing the three openings.
Snap in the open position.
Now, we shall “snap” into the “swinging” action! You will notice the photo showing the snap. The vase is removed from its mold by the pressman and placed into this snap. The glass is in a semi-molten state.
This snap is attached to a 5' rod for swinging
Glimpse the vase collar snapped into position
The snap is attached to the 5  foot rod for swinging.
Glimpse the vase collar snapped into position.
Illustrates the side-side motion
Illustrates the side to side motion.
The “warming-in boy” takes it to the glory hole to be reheated, removing all the sharp edges.  On the way, the vase is swung back and forth and in giant arcs over his head like a baton twirler until the desired length is achieved. It then is given to the finisher, who flares the top. It’s taken to the sprayer, who then applies the “dope” (iridescent spray). Then it goes into the lehr, which tempers the glass. Twelve hours later, it comes out the end of the lehr, cold and ready for inspection/packing. Notice the three-prong section of the snap, which is spring loaded when pushed down against the rod . There is a space between each of those sections, which allows the metallic spray to enter there. However, you will notice a portion of every base which has no iridescence where the clamp fits over the base while in the snap

Text and photos by Dean & Diane Fry

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