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Northwood Vases - Part 5

TOWN PUMP-Marigold
TOWN PUMP-Purple - 6.25 in. tall x 2.50 in. diam.
TOWN PUMP - Marigold
TOWN PUMP - Purple

TOWN PUMP: A novelty vase to be sure, but one which always conjures up swift bidding in an auction! Available in amethyst, marigold and green, this 6” vase came to be in Ellwood City, PA at the Northwood factory in 1894. That first hand-blown piece was marketed with a delicate handled glass bucket to hang over the spout. These did not withstand the test of time, for none are to be found today.
In 1899, the second version was produced in pressed, and patterned tree bark design, resting on four twig-like feet, offering a matching footed trough. They were of non-iridized opalescent  colors. The Hansen brothers and L.G. Wright reproduced their versions of this style in later years. We once owned a green pump and trough signed Rob't. Hansen
The 1912 Northwood Town Pumps are quite different from earlier designs. They are pressed, rest on a collar base and patterned with ivy leaves. The Northwood trademark is found on these. Perfect examples are hard to find. Damage is usually found on the handle and spout tips. More amethyst pumps than marigold or green prevail, but even those are certainly not plentiful. Green Pumps are scarcely ever available. Some of the amethyst Pumps will approach four-figures in bidding, so be prepared to compete, if you really want to own one.

7.5 in. Squatty TREE TRUNK in RARE Blue.
7.5 in. Squatty TREE TRUNK in RARE Blue.

TREE TRUNK:  This was a popular seller when they first appeared on the market in 1908. They remained in the Northwood line throughout the span of their iridescent production, as well as in non-iridescent opalescent colors on custard glass. Most examples are signed.
Perhaps we will be taken to task over this statement, but it is our belief that during our nearly 40 years of “keeping a close eye on carnival glass encounters”, there are fewer examples of Fenton Funeral vases in their competitive Rustic pattern than those in Tree Trunk.

Squat (above): Same size base, with heights of 5”-7”. Amethyst, cobalt blue, green, marigold and ice blue.

TREE TRUNK Standard Vase in JIP style..
Standard TREE TRUNK in Sapphire - 9 in. tall.
TREE TRUNK Standard Vase
in JIP style.
 in Sapphire - 9 in. tall.

Standard: Have base of 3 3/8” to 3 ¾”. Amethyst, green, marigold, cobalt blue, white, ice blue, ice green, sapphire, aqua opal and teal are colors to look for in this 8”-12” shape.
Jack in the Pulpit: Same size base, heights of  6”-7” in amethyst and marigold.

TREE TRUNK Mid-Size-12 in. high-4.75 in. base. Ice Green.
TREE TRUNK Mid-Size in Aqua Opal - 12.5 in. tall, 4.75 in. base. diam.
12 in. high - 4.75 in. base
Ice Green.
12.5 in. tall, 4.75 in. base.
Aqual Opal.

Midsize:  Vases have a base diameter of 4 ¾”. Heights can be from 11” to 14”. Amethyst, cobalt blue, green, marigold, ice blue, ice green, aqua opalescent, lime green, horehound, sapphire blue, marigold over custard and iridized blue slag comprise the color range. We know of only one blue slag example. At one time, it belonged to Elvis Randell of OK.
TREE TRUNK Funeral  in Marigold - RARE! Fewer than 6 known.
TREE TRUNK Funeral in Blue.
TREE TRUNK Funeral  in Marigold - RARE! Fewer than 6 known.
in Blue.

Funeral: Base diameters are 5 ¼”. Heights can be 16”-21”. These are the rarest of Tree Trunk vases, and quite desirable. They will all sell in the several thousand dollar range. Amethyst is most often seen, followed by cobalt blue. Marigold, green, white, ice blue, ice green, and marigold over custard are other known colors.
(Click ~~T ~~ and scroll down to Tree Trunk Vases and  you will be able to click into some other Tree Trunk funeral vases we previously listed.)

TREE TRUNK Elephant Foot-13.5 in. tall. in purple.-$7,750-May 2006
TREE TRUNK Elephant Foot- 12.5 in. tall-Custard with Blue Stain.
TREE TRUNK Elephant Foot
-13.5 in. tall. in purple.-
$7,750-May 2006.
TREE TRUNK Elephant Foot -
12.5 in. tall -
Custard with Blue Stain.

Elephant's Foot: This sixth size also has a base size of 5 ¼”. Heights can be as little as 7 ¼” - 10”! Sometimes the top is widely flared, so as to nearly equal or surpass the height. This type Tree Trunk is extremely rare and resultant prices emphasize that fact. Amethyst is the color most often found. At least two green, one in marigold, with cobalt blue reported. The blue stain over custard vase sold at auction in 2007 with a well-known carnival glass collection in Kansas.

Dean & Diane Fry - 01/10

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you;
that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;
do this in remembrance of Me.”
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood.
This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
As we partake of “communion”, or the Lord's Supper,
we commemorate  the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The word wounded literally means “pierced”,
as were Christ's hands, feet, and side pierced on the cross.

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