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Car Vases, Flower Frogs and Wall Pockets

CAR VASES,  FLOWER FROGS and WALL  POCKETS

 
(Diamond)-BLOSSOMS and BAND Design Car Vases - 7 in. tall with a 2.75 in. top diam.
(Diamond)-BLOSSOMS and BAND Design Car Vases
 - 7 in. tall with a 2.75 in. top diam.
 
Diamond Car Vase in Celeste-Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
Diamond Car Vase in Celeste
Courtesy Seeck Auctions.

BLOSSOMS & BAND:  Car vases such as these were standard accessories in cars from the late teens, through the 1920s and even into some of the larger (limousine-type) vehicles during the early 1930s. My grandfather (Diane's) purchased a new Nash 4-door in 1931. That car passed on to an uncle and I remember riding in it from Parkersburg, WV to Murphytown, WV to spend a weekend with cousins when I was in grade school in the early 1940s. The car vases remained in place!
The Diamond Glass Company was a major producer of car vases, and while this Blossoms & Band pattern cannot be confirmed as part of their production, the flower design is similar to other floral patterns known to be of Diamond origin. They are known to have provided glass parts to the Benzer Company, a large supplier of automotive accessories.
Marigold is the usual color for Blossoms & Band vases, but a light green with marigold iridescent overlay has been verified.

 
CRACKLE Car Vases - 7 and one-half in. long
CRACKLE Car Vases
 - 7 and one-half in. long

CRACKLE: Most collectors consider this pattern to be of Imperial origin, but Jeannette Glass is a likely contender. Car vases were in vogue during the mid-1920s on into the 1930s for some limousine class vehicles. Marigold is the only known color for these car vases.

 
Seven and three-eighths in. tall x 2.25 in. top diameter.
Benzer must indicate the manufacturer. The shape is the same as those found in the Complete Book on McKee Glass..
Benzer must indicate the manufacturer. The shape is the same as those found in the Complete Book on McKee Glass.  
 7 3/8 in. tall x 2.25 in. top diameter.
From COMPLETE BOOK OF McKEE by Sandra McPhee Stout..
From COMPLETE BOOK OF McKEE by Sandra McPhee Stout.

McKEE / BENZER car vases are outfitted with metal cone supports, but unfortunately lacking the side-mounted bracket fittings. At least we have pinpointed the glassmaker and the automotive supplier of the fittings in this case.

 
TAFFETA LUSTRE-Fostoria
Taffeta Lustre Wall Pocket made by Fostoria Glass.

TAFFETTA  LUSTRE:  In addition to these wall pockets, Fostoria Glass Co. produced candlesticks in the same design/finish. Neither can be called “readily available”.

 
COCKATOO or BIRD with GRAPES Wall Pocket - 7 and one-half in. wide x 7 and one-half in. high.
COCKATOO or BIRD with GRAPES Wall Pocket
7 1/2 in. wide x 7 and one-half in. high.
 
COCKATOO Wall Vase - Mid-Winter 1927 Butler Bros. Wholesale Ad.
COCKATOO Wall Vase -
Mid-Winter 1927 Butler Bros. Wholesale Ad.

COCKATOO or BIRD with GRAPES Wall Pocket:  Although the Butler Bros. Ad suggests a marketing date for these somewhat scarce items, the production period must have been brief. Examples are certainly not prevalent in today's world. Marigold and Smoke are known colors.

 
Wall Pocket.
Ribbed Wall Pocket

RIBBED Wall Pocket: We can find no source for this design. Tri-corner in shape and 6” high,  just as most of the wall pockets are, this particular one is not shown in any of our research materials. Should any viewer have information to share about this piece, we would be happy to hear from you.

 
4.25 in. FLOWER Frog weighs three-fourths lb.
4.25 in. FLOWER Frog weighs 3/4 of a pound.
 
Mid-Winter 1927 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog.
FLOWER BLOCK (Frog). Dome shaped with top opening.
FLOWER BLOCK (Frog). Dome shaped with top opening.
FLOWER BLOCK (Frog). Two & three eighths x 1 three eighths..
Mid-Winter 1927 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog.
FLOWER BLOCK
(Frog). 2 3/8 x 1 3/8.

FLOWER BLOCKS:  Standard color is marigold, but there are examples in light green and aqua as well. The ones shown here are the usual sizes. However, we have seen some over the years which are more than 6” in diameter, with as many as a dozen holes.


Dean & Diane Fry  01/10
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
This Bible reading is from the “Sermon on the Mount.”
The twin realities of salt and light show the extensive opportunity the believer has to glorify God by being an influence for Him.
Salt lends flavor to life, along with preventing decay. Light is so powerful that even a small ray can penetrate and dispel deep darkness.
For the Christ-follower, our greatest opportunity to honor our heavenly Father
comes as we carry the influences of salt and light into a dark and decaying world.

Should you care to contact the Frys, their email address is:

dndn74@embarqmail.com



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