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Mineral Foot Bath and Fountain.
Plate displays another label used in the Marlin, TX treated glass.
Plate displays another label used in the Marlin, TX treated glass.

Jerry & Carol Curtis provided the photos above, along with the information discovered during their visit to Marlin, TX.

Quote: Here is the beginning of my research into the iridizing process used in Marlin, Texas since the very early 1900’s. As luck would have it, when we were there, the Dentist was away. A subsequent conversation with him divulged some additional information. He would use a 5-gallon bucket to place the various glass pieces into and allow the water flow to cover them for up to two days in order to get a decent coloring and iridizing effect. He did say, when he first began several years ago, the process took only a few hours but toward the end, it was taking a full 48 hours, indicating the minerals in the water must be ‘petering out’. He said when the man who pioneered the process did it back in the early 1900’s, it took only 2 to 3 hours! The old man actually advertised, that for a reasonable fee, he would take the glass sent to him, color and iridize it, and return it to the owners. He did a good business and had glass shipped to him from all over to undergo the process.

Min. DAISY & BUTTON Coal Bucket-Courtesey Seeck Auctions.$95.-10-10.Interior-DAISY & BUTTON - SOUVENIR - Marlin, TX. Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
Left: - Min. DAISY & BUTTON Coal Bucket - Courtesy Seeck Auctions.sold for $95.-10-10.
Right: - Interior-DAISY & BUTTON - SOUVENIR - Marlin, TX. - Courtesy Seeck Auctions.

DAISY & BUTTON Bucket: Research indicates this pattern to have been produced by at least 5 different 1800’s glass manufacturers. This bucket is from the late Cecil Whitley’s collection and was processed from its clear crystal origin with the mineral waters described by the Curtis’.

Miniature Ball-Mason Jar-Salt-Pepper Shakers-Mgld. Courtesy Seeck Auctions. $675.- 10-10WHITLEY Lamp. Courtesy Seeck Auctions.$650.- 10-10.
Left: - Miniature Ball - Mason Jar-Salt-Pepper Shakers-Mgld. Courtesy Seeck Auctions. $675.- 10-10.
Right: - WHITLEY Lamp. Courtesy Seeck Auctions. Sold for $650.- 10-10.

MASON Shakers and WHITLEY lamp:  The shakers and lamp were also in Cecil Whitley’s collection. When comparing these items to the coloration of the Daisy/Button and the plate shown in Curtis’ photo, the question as to how that finish was achieved is avidly answered. The mineral “treatment” produces the same effect on each piece.

Log Cabin

LOG CABIN:  Maker unknown. The piece is mold-blown, having no seams. The chimney is ground on top. Size” 3 ¾” x 2 ¼”.

George Washington Paperweight.
George Washington Paperweight.
George Washington Paperweight Label.
George Washington Paperweight Label.

BICENTENNIAL PAPERWEIGHTS:  This paperweight is 1” thick and 4 ¼” diameter. The Curtis’ found it in a Texas shop in Aug. 2010.  Many glass makers honored the U.S. Bicentennial with commemorative articles. This one is from the Holly City Bottle Company located in Millville, NJ. We had not heard of it prior to Carol and Jerry’s purchase. Some research indicates the Holly City Bottle Company worked closely with Wheaton Glass and Millville Art Glass, producing a variety of carnival glass items.  Items produced include presidential bottles, paperweights, decanters and carnival glass plates.

Dean & Diane Fry, 11-10
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city,
spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit", whereas you do not know
what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to way, "If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that."
But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
(James 4:13:17)

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