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A Study in Stippling

Why stippling?  1. To fill in smooth spaces having no molded design, adding to the reflective quality of the applied iridescence. 2. Stippling extended mold use as wear - (pitting) developed from wire brushing in the removal of small bits of glass.        

The number(s) found beside the pattern name under each photo refers to the numbers associated with each chisel diagram. This should help you discern the differences seen in each stippling. For the sake of comparison, we have used examples from each of the major American manufacturers, as well as exterior/interior patterns on various shapes.

Diagram of Chisel markings.
Steel Chisels
Steel Chisels
Amethyst BASKET OF ROSES Bonbon - #5 Chisel.
Amethyst BASKET OF ROSES Bonbon - #5 Chisel.

BASKET OF ROSES:  A lovely Northwood pattern confined to the bonbon shape.


BEADED ACANTHUS:   The pattern is used exclusively on this Imperial 7” milk pitcher.
We do not display a diagram for this eight-pointed star chisel.

BELLAIRE SOUVENIR - #4 & #6 Chisel.

BELLAIRE SOUVENIR:  A marigold 7” bowl produced by Imperial.

Ameth. FLOWERS & BEADS-#8.
Amethyst  FLOWERS & BEADS - #8 Chisel.

FLOWERS & BEADS:  This is the exterior pattern found on Dugan’s Fishscale & Beads 5”-7” bowls and 7” plates.

White GARDEN PATH VT.-#7,#8,#9
White GARDEN PATH VT. - #7,#8,#9 Chisels.

GARDEN PATH VT:  In this 7” plate from Dugan, the white is one of the rarest colors, offering the Soda Gold exterior pattern.

Peach  Opal HEAVY GRAPE - #6.
Peach  Opal HEAVY GRAPE - #6 Chisel.

HEAVY GRAPE:  Dugan’s competitive answer to Imperial Grape and Grape and Cable, these impressive 10”- 11” bowls are scarce in all known colors of marigold, amethyst and peach opalescent. The 5”- 6” size are seldom seen.

White LITTLE FISHES Bowl- #3 & #7
White LITTLE FISHES Bowl- #3 & #7 Chisels.

LITTLE FISHES:  This Fenton design offers a very nice example of the #3 type stippling to create the fish-scale result. This is one of two footed bowls known in white. #3 chisel was hit at a 30 degree angle, forming just one half the circle to create the scale.

Green LITTLE STARS - #4 Chisel.

LITTLE STARS:  Found mostly in 7” bowls. Millersburg origin.

Purple LUSTRE ROSE lg. fruit bowl- #7, #8 & #9
Purple LUSTRE ROSE lg. fruit bowl - #7, #8 & #9 Chisels.

LUSTRE ROSE:  The same three combinations of stippling also appears on the smaller 8”- 9” footed bowl in this pattern from Imperial.

Persian Blue Fenton PEACOCK & URN-#5 & #8.
Persian Blue Fenton PEACOCK & URN - #5 & #8 Chisels.

PEACOCK & URN:  Bowls and plates in this Fenton pattern offer the same stippling.

Green Mlsbg.PEACOCK #1.
Green Millersburg PEACOCK - #1 Chisel.

PEACOCK: Three Millersburg 5”- 6” bowls in different colors were compared. All three offer the same stippling.

Mgld. TWO FLOWERS-#2 & #5.
Marigold TWO FLOWERS - #2 & #5 Chisels.

TWO FLOWERS:  A footed chop plate was used for this example of stippling. The same stippling is applied to the 9” footed plate. A Fenton pattern.

Dean & Diane Fry - 8-11
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Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You. (Psalm 33:13-22)
(Psalm 33, known as “a hymn to the Creator,” is a praise and thanksgiving song to be sung in public worship.)

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