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Northwood Water Sets - Part 4
NORTHWOOD WATER SETS - Part 4
ACORN BURRS: 1910 -1911 time period seems to be the indicated entry into the carnival glass field for this water set. The pattern was originally advertised as Northwood's Chestnut line, which accurately depicts the design found on berry, table and water sets, along with a whimsey vase in amethyst. Amethyst, green and marigold are known to have been the basic colors for production at that stage in time. No pitchers have been confirmed in vaseline; however, there are at least three known tumblers in vaseline.
FLUTE, N's: Contains the Northwood trademark on its base. Tumbler stands 4” high, has a 2 ¼” base diameter, and flares to 3 ¼” at the top. The six flutes encircle the base, which is pattern-less, recessed, and ground. The flared lip is quite pronounced. As seen in our photo, a deep, highly iridized marigold commands attention! While one might call this a simple design, the scalloped pitcher top, the octagonal base and the pronounced side panels, along with the beaded handle, certainly redeem the entire water set into a “thing of beauty”. Northwood Flute came into production from the non-iridized crystal line #21, early in 1909. Very few water sets are known to collectors today. We have never seen other than marigold water sets, although some written accounts mention existence of purple.
There has been mention of green tumblers for sometime, but until this green pitcher appeared for sale over eBay, we had never seen a pitcher in green!
Northwood FLUTE #3 - Variant.
Clear with iridescent flash and Clear with Lavender Flash.
Courtesy Bob Smith.
FLUTE, N's Variant: These tumblers bear the exact same pattern as Northwood Flute - 4” high x 2 ¼” base diam., lacking the ground base. The difference is one of size. Dimensions are: 5” high, 3 5/8” top diameter, 2 ½” base diameter, with a recession of 1 5/8”.
When Bob Smith (tumbler collector supreme) presented these for display, he stated that both the late John Britt and author Richard E. Owens declared these to be of Northwood origin. Since the Flute pattern had been included in the Northwood crystal production, it certainly is reasonable to believe that more than one tumbler size would have been available. The flashing on some of the earlier crystal tumblers certainly follows previous discussions surrounding after-market application of color on many marigold examples, not only on tumblers, but various other shapes.
SINGING BIRDS: Water sets are found in amethyst, green and marigold. Additionally, tumblers have been reported in olive green, horehound and smoke. You will notice that the configuration of this set and that of Springtime, are the same, dating to 1911. Aqua opalescent and ice blue opalescent tumblers, which were not vintage colors are unmarked, but believed to have been made by Summit Glass Co. New amethyst tumblers
having an unusually bright iridescence are known, as well.
SPRINGTIME: is another of the 1910-1911 production patterns, although apparently quite limited in not only water sets, but table sets and berry sets. Amethyst, marigold and green are colors reported in all shapes. Green water sets are quite striking in appearance and difficult to obtain! Amethyst and marigold cannot be claimed as easy purchases either. Configuration of the water pitcher is like that found in Singing Birds pattern.
Wishbone in Marigold
WISHBONE - Green, Scarce
WISHBONE: Pitchers are mould-blown with separately applied handle. Marigold and amethyst tumblers appear once in awhile, but the green tumblers are quite evasive! The pitchers are not plentiful in any of the three colors mentioned. Creation of the carnival glass sets occurred during the 1911-1912 period. With one pearlized custard tumbler known, we must assume that production of the pattern resumed during 1914-1915 when Northwood revived their custard glass production.
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