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Crown Crystal - Part 6
CROWN CRYSTAL - Part 6
KOOKABURRA Variant: The usual Kookaburra bowl has 12 ruffles. The Variant is along the lines of a float bowl as shown in the cutaway view. A personal letter from Margaret Dickinson in May of 1998 indicates that at that time, she knew of only four examples in this rarest of Kookaburra bowls, only known in amethyst. She continues to note that the depth of amethyst Carnival varies little in intensity. It can show wear perhaps a little easier.
Note: This same variation is also known in 9 in. Kangaroo, Swan and Magpie.
AN INTERESTING EXCERPT FROM MARGARET'S LETTER: I was informed many years ago that Australia and the USA did not trade directly, so anything that came to Australia was via-Great Britain. Known to be a fact; that it was this way that the Marigold Butterfly and Berry came here in barrels as ballast. Other colors, and not so often found, seem to have come with the settlers in household goods. After the 2nd War, trade was then established with the U.S., and I do not think there was much in the way of glassware, apart from Indiana Glass in the 1970s period.
7 in. VASE: When shown in the 1929 Crown Crystal Glass Co. Catalogue, it was available in clear glass. The moulding faults seen in these photos contributed by Margaret Dickinson would be most visible and perhaps not market worthy. The marigold iridization hides these flaws effectively. The wheel engraving made following the iridising, lends additional interest to the vase.
KIWI 8 inch bowl : This was the last registered design by Crown Crystal Glass Co. Ltd. Reg. No. 44289, applied for on April 19th, 1926. The Kiwi has never received official recognition as an emblem, though accepted and widely identified with New Zealand. The tree fern or silver fern has been recognized as New Zealand's national flora emblem.
Exterior Pattern on the 8-9 in. bowl can be Fern and Wattle. However, you will find examples having no back pattern. These are more difficult to locate.
KIWI 5 inch bowl: Said to be one of the best matching small bowls in the fruit set series. There is no reverse pattern.
MAGPIE VARIANT: is flattened into the float bowl shape, just as the Kookaburra and 9 Kangaroo and Swan are to be found in this shape.
BANDED DIAMONDS: Thick and heavy glass, this water set comprising the jug and 6 tumblers was issued Catalog No. 1366. The bottom has a large raised star pattern. Available in marigold and dark (amethyst) colors, there is also a salad bowl of this same pattern. This is thick, heavy glass, as well.
HEAVY DIAMONDS: 8 ½ in diameter x 4 high, this bowl of thick glass with a quilted diamond effect has 3 bands around the outside and has a plain interior. A 30-point star is impressed into the collar base.
NOTE: The following report from Margaret and John McGrath of New South Wales, Australia was announced on July 16, 2007.
RE: New Version Kangaroo Master & Nappy bowls
These bowls came onto the market approximately 6 mos. ago and are available in the following colors. (described by the importer) ..Icy blue, pink, amber, brown/marigold, green and white carnival glass. They have been on dealers stalls at a monthly Antiques & Collectables Fair over this period with prices ranging from $55. to $250 AU. The examples having the RO number are in the higher price range. It is surprising that a number of Carnival Glass collectors have mentioned that they have purchased one or two of these bowls, although they are aware that they have purchased a new version. It has been mentioned that collectors of Kangaroo and also Australian memorabilia are adding these new version items to their collections
Dean & Diane Fry - 8/07
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