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Grape and Cable - Part 2
GRAPE & CABLE - Part 2
Ice Green Cracker Jar - 9 inch
Handle to handle Stands 8 inch to top of knob
Covered Cracker Jar: This covered jar is found with and without stippling and has two handles. The stippled version is known in marigold, but it is rarely seen. Perhaps other colors exist, but have not been reported.
Marigold and amethyst cracker jars without stippling are fairly available. Other colors, such as cobalt blue, white, smoke, ice green and the ultra-rare aqua opalescent are quite rare. Green and ice blue remain unreported to date.
February 1911 Butler Bros. Ad.
(1911 written in by the late Frank M. Fenton).
Feb. 1911 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog Ad: Clearly indicates the shape and advertised size of the fruit bowls. However, as we can see from the examples shown, results of shaping each example as it was removed from the mould, creates a variance in size.
GRAPE & CABLE Fruit Bowls - The examples shown in this segment are considered to be large, shallow, rest on three scrolled feet, and are about 4”-4 ½” high. These are easier to locate than the deeper 6”-7” type, sometimes referred to as “orange bowl”.
Only two or three examples in ice blue have been reported. Other colors: marigold, amethyst, green, cobalt blue, white, and ice green.
Over the years, we have viewed/examined a few examples having the applied handle. By virtue of the “stuck handle”, lack of iridescense, and the fact that the base glass color does not match that of the bowl, we believe them to be the result of “after-market” application sometime following factory production of the bowls. You must be the best judge of that!
For as long as we have collected carnival glass, there have been “suspicious” examples (from time to time), exhibiting alterations created following factory production. There seem always to be those who seek to “fool and fraud” in order to make a few extra “bucks” from the unwary collector!
The whimsey tri-corner type bowl is not readily found. It was fashioned from the larger fruit bowl-6”-7” deep. The glass was very likely too hot when removed from the mould, so the shaper created this unusual shape , avoiding the scrap pile. They are certainly conversation pieces!
Santa Claus Edition 1910 - Butler Bros. Catalog Ad
Santa Claus Edition, 1910, Butler Brothers Catalog Ad: indicates this fernery shape may have been introduced to capture the Christmas market. Please note the interior metal liner which accompanied the pieces.
Fernery, footed: is round, stands on three scrolled feet. The sides are straight and vertical with a smooth edge. It is 8” wide and 4 ¾” deep. These are very scarce in any of the known colors: marigold, amethyst, white, ice blue, ice green and a pearlized custard.
Bowl, 8”-9”, collar base, pie-crust edge “tendril” variant: The mould used for this piece shows trailing vine tendrils extending into the center of the bowl. May be ruffled or have pie crust edge. This lovely green example has a plain exterior; some have Basketweave. These can be stippled or unstippled. Most available in non-stippled version in marigold, amethyst and green. Scarce in blue and lavender. Rare in aqua and ice blue; extremely rare in aqua opalescent.
The stippled version, like the aqua opal one shown here, usually has the ribbed exterior. (Ribs are visible in this photograph). This version is rarely found. Reported in marigold, green, cobalt blue, and aqua opalescent.
Dean & Diane Fry 12/06
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