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BLACKBERRY BARK  VASE - This wonderfully executed pattern is such a rare dude! This is one of two known in this pattern, which is about 6 ½” in height,  with  the bark design extending down over the foot. Blackberry  Bark  is similar to the Acorn Vase. Conjecture has it that either US Glass made it, or possibly Millersburg. This amethyst piece has been in the same private collection for many, many years.
NORTHWOOD CORN VASE -  This gorgeous green example also sports  the  touted  husk base, meaning that the bottom side of the base bears a corn husk design. Some examples do NOT offer this additional feature, having a  smooth  finish. The N designation appears on the base of most vases as well. Black amethyst is a rare color in this pattern, along with marigold. Green is not easily found. This was one of the first patterns Northwood produced in pastels. White, ice green and amethyst are the most available colors. Only a handful of aqua opal ones are known, with ice blue scarcely more plentiful. Lime green makes a nice appearance when it can be found. Certainly this can be termed the “standard” among all the vases in this segment. Almost any color of the rainbow can be found and enjoyed in a variety of price ranges.
SPRING 1912 BUTLER BROTHERS catalog  illustrates Corn Vase amid fine company of other notable Northwood patterns of that period. Hearts & Flowers, Bushel Basket, Beaded Cable, Peacocks, Drapery and Daisy & Drape, along with Nippon and the rather elusive Fern compote, which receives a lack of notoriety……….again, for lack of exposure. This same “Variety” Assortment appeared over a span of several years in the Butler catalogs………We know them all to have been tremendous sellers, widely accepted, with exception to the Fern compote.

The butterfly design is displayed on both sides of this vase. These are extremely scarce vases, known in marigold and vaseline, with the first amethyst example found just recently. There was once a green one, but it was broken. What a shame! Similarities exist to the Acorn and Lustre Corn vases, but alas! We cannot offer a manufacturer for any of those. If you have updated information about any of these vases, we would be happy to hear from you. Butterfly Corn stands between 6”-6 ½” in height.
MAIZE  - This 6 ½” pastel marigold example from  Libby Glass Co.  has light blue flashed stalks. It sold in 1993 for a mere $75. One recently sold over Ebay  for about the same amount. This places emphasis on a point of fact made in an earlier segment on this 101 site. Mere availability of most any pattern creates familiarity and desire. Many of the “reasonably priced rarities” simply go unnoticed because their presence is not readily recognized for what they are. This is unfortunate in many ways! An article written by Barbara True, of Oregon indicates that this piece was declared to be a celery vase when marketed. A  9” pitcher and  a six inch syrup were iridized, as well. Edwards lists a cruet and a tumbler in this pattern. Although Libby was one of the earliest American Art Glass producers, they provided little in the way of iridized Carnival during their forty-three years of existence (1892-1935).
LUSTRE CORN - Although this unusual vase appears in a 1905 Butler Brothers wholesale catalog ad, displaying opalescent Dugan patterns, the reason only one confirmed example exists today in marigold, can perhaps be explained this way: Having double open handles may have proven to be a detriment both in removal from the mold, as well as in a successful iridization process.
Clamps, or snaps are used in the color spraying. (This snap process is shown on this site, concerning swung vases). Difficult to place into a snap with such as this design, perhaps too much extra hand work would have been necessary in order to evenly apply the overspray, so following the experimental example, further production was abandoned?
Since we have not handled this vase, we cannot say whether or not there are spaces on the base of the vase, where iridescence could not have covered that area (where the snap was), or whether this single example MAY have been iridized on a glazer; which means it would have been on a moving turntable as it was being sprayed.
Another possibility is: This was a clear glass example (of which there are many known to exist), which received after-market marigold application by known iridizers such as Terry Crider.

NORTHWOOD CORN HUSK VASE  In the mid 1990's, a couple  from Florida purchased one of these possible 12-15 examples (each one is said to have its own characteristics. i.e.-husk or top twists) for $14,000. It later sold for more than that. The first one to sell in the late `70's went for $2100 during a John Woody auction in IL. When the second one surfaced, (during that same Woody auction, incidentally),  a private negotiation ensued, with an agreeable price of $1900! All the examples to date are in amethyst color, some having more, or better iridescence than others. The latest example known has a three way pull-down, or ruffle at the top. Reportedly, the owner is not ready to sell as yet. Pictures were shown on the www. woodsland  member section recently, ala' Ruth Herrington.
NORTHWOOD CORN HUSK VASE #2   We  show this version of the vase having a twist to the cob and husks for comparison sake.
CORN BOTTLE  in lovely Imperial Smoke color. Marigold and green are the other known colors, some having been found with a cork stopper intact. Stories have circulated about their being intended for use as sample liquor bottles- corn liquor, that is - but if you have a different story to tell, we'd all like to hear it. Miniature collectors are crazy about these approx. 4” “delicacies”. They certainly make a radium presentation. This example was found in one of those neat little glass cases which many antique show dealers provide for displaying small items. What a prize!
CORN CRUET The first of these belonged to Marie Capps of northern CA. It is pictured in the first Edwards Book about items thought to be Imperial. That example had no stopper, then not long after we secured our lovely white cruet from Erma Shaputis, who was with us when we started the San Diego Club, Marie was able to secure a couple of the stoppers from some source. Our stopper had a miniscule flake off one kernel, but no matter! Later on in the `80's, Fred Roque found the third cruet. (We don't recall whether it had a stopper?) All three were found in CA. Although no manufacturer can be named for these pieces, they all have lovely pastel radium iridescence, and are presumed to have been containers for corn liquor? We sold our cruet in the mid `90's to a couple in Los Angeles area. They are another of the oddities ( in this line of “corny” containers) and have their rightful place among the miniatures of carnival glass.
Update on CORN CRUETS - 2/22/05

     I purchased this cruet set 15 years ago near Milwaukee, WI. On the back of the case was written:
To Nellie From Your Sister. Happy New Year  1900 or 1899.
     The writing has faded and the year has become difficult to read but I remember it was around the turn of the century. In the picture you can see the cruet on the right has a crack in the handle. They fit well into the case even with the off shape of the case.
     I always wondered about them and was happy to find your site on a search for corn cruet! Just wanted to share. I paid a lot for them because I liked them so much!

Thanks, Stacy Miller

Dean & Diane Fry --- 1/04
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Another CORN HUSK Version

CORN HUSK Vase (with a flare)
CORN HUSK Vase (with a flare)

Following her visit to our Carnival Glass 101 and BEYOND website, Kay Livezey presented us with this photo of a differently shaped Corn Husk vase from others known. We are pleased to share it with viewers.
Seems that the vase was purchased in a “box full of junk” for $5  by Kay's Grandmother, Elizabeth Reid of Union City, TN, and was used for many years as a window prop!! All this took place when Kay's Mother was a little girl. At the demise of Mrs. Reid, the vase was inherited by Kay's parents: J.P. and Melbalene Harbin, of Taylor, MI and has remained in the family ever since.
     About twelve years ago, a man from FL contacted Kay's Mother and arrangements were made for purchase at $1200. The man flew to MI to make the exchange, but Melbalene had a “change of heart”; paid the man's airfare back to Florida, and she kept the Corn Husk!
     Mrs. Harbin passed away in 2001 at age 70. Mr. Harbin passed away earlier this year-2004 at age 85,  so the vase has now been passed into the hands of Kay and her two brothers. Their wisdom and discretion is called into play, as to the future of this rare vase!  
The few of these unusual vases which we have seen, each have some individual characteristic, making them each a “one-of-a-kind” in its own right. The last one to sell, brought the handsome price of $16,000.
     We appreciate Kay's desire to lend credence to an unknown vase, along with the help from her husband in providing such a nice picture!     
Dean & Diane Fry - 11/04

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