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Crown Crystal - Part 12

A WORD ABOUT: Roselin (pink), pale blue or pale green (citron): Ken Arnold’s 1991 Australian Glass Valuation Guide states that most items in the Crown Crystal line could be ordered in these pastel colors if desired. However, these colors although rare, are often overlooked or thought to be (new); a reproduction? He calls this a “serious shortfall” if this is your line of thought! During 1963 Crown Crystal Glass Co. Ltd. became a division of Australian Consolidated Industries. Since then this firm has further strengthened their monopoly in the glass industry by joining forces with an American firm to trade as Crown Coming Limited, 866-882 Bourke Street, Waterloo.
We have inquired of several Australian families; the result of which has not been forthcoming as to whether pastel examples of the vintage pattern variety are all iridized, with “perhaps” some later production pieces which are not iridized?  Perhaps there is no firm documentation on this? One longtime collector stated she had never been interested in certain of the pastels which had no iridization.

BANDED DIAMONDS in Citron  color
BANDED DIAMONDS in Citron  color.

BANDED DIAMONDS Water Set:  One of several photos sent by a viewer in Canada, early in April 2009. She had purchased the set from an “estate sale”, believing it is of vintage production, requesting a “value price”. She seemed convinced that having bought the set from an estate sale, it must be “old”.
Results of our inquiry with friends in Australia indicate that the un-iridized examples in Citron and Roselin colors were produced by Crown Crystal Glass Co. in 1924 -1925. One comment: “a complete set of Banded Diamond in Citron color was purchased in about 1994 for $300. Desirability in today’s world, might result in a sale price of more than double that amount!?

NEW (question) Kangaroo-Reg. # RD 4696 - Vaseline or Citron Glass-5.75 in. diam.
NEW (question) Kangaroo - Reg. # RD 4696
Vaseline or Citron Glass - 5.75 in. diameter.

KANGAROO bowls in Citron: Reportedly, some of these bowls are “new”. As with moulds originally used by early American manufacturers, the Crown Crystal moulds may have been utilized by producers in South America, China, and elsewhere.

BIG BUCK in RARE Roselin Pink, circa 1925. Regis. #4695-10 in. x 3 in. high. Courtesy John & Margaret McGrath.
BIG BUCK in RARE Roselin Pink, circa 1925. Regis. #4695
10 in. x 3 in. high. Courtesy John & Margaret McGrath.

KANGAROO in Roselin:  Patterns from Crown Crystal found in Citron and Roselin colors are quite rare. Many of the carnival glass collectors in Australia prize these examples quite highly.

Small size (5 in.) KANGAROO in Mgld.
Small size (5 in.) KANGAROO in Marigold.

KANGAROO -  5” Bowl: This pattern is the only one known in the small size. There are two versions of the “Roo” design used on the 9” size bowls. The design used here will compliment both large sizes, but more closely resembles the bowl said to portray the “Small Roo”.

BUTTERFLY BUSH Compote. Black Ameth.
BUTTERFLY BUSH Compote. Black Amethyst.
BUTTERFLY BUSH - seen page 83 -

BUTTERFLY BUSH Compote: Two separate designs exist under this name. This particular one displays a rim effect not found in the other design, and there are distinct differences in the butterfly. More space between the five groupings of flora/butterflies create another variation.

9 in. Aqua EMU brought $2900.-6-07 - Seeck Auctions.
9 in. Aqua EMU sold for $2900. on 6-07 - Seeck Auctions.

EMU Bowl-Aqua: Examples in this color are rare and expensive; prized items among collectors. When Lou Rommel, of Australia, was working in the United States during the late ‘80s-early ‘90s, he brought one of these pieces to a San Diego Club meeting. It is the only piece of Aqua Crown Crystal we have had the pleasure of examining. Who could have projected the desirability of decorative glassware containing “old canning jars”? Human beings are truly a radical group; particularly collectors. (smile)
Application was made for this pattern, Nov. 4, 1924, with registration as #40360. The Emu design is found on compotes and a salver, as well as bowls in 9” and 5” sizes.
Emu is a flightless native bird, featured on the Australian Coat of Arms.

STYLE in Black Amethyst- Lattice interior occurring in some bowls.
STYLE in Black Amethyst - Lattice interior occurring in some bowls.
STYLE in Brilliant Marigold
STYLE in Brilliant Marigold.

STYLE:  This bowl is not found as often as some of the animal patterns. Various shapes and sizes are said to have been formed from the same mold. The Lattice interior occurs in some bowls.

Swan 5 inch bowl in marigold.

SWAN -  5” Bowl: This example offers a slight cloud formation above the swan, along with the Registration number 4697. The other 5” design does not have the cloud formation nor registration number, and there are slight variations in the floral design. There is no reverse pattern.

SWAN Float Bowl.
SWAN Float Bowl Interior.
SWAN Float Bowl Exterior.
SWAN Float Bowl Exterior.

SWAN Float Bowl:  Formed from the 9” size Swan bowl, the design was registered just over one year following the Kookaburra on Jan. 16th, 1924. The Black Swan is featured on the Western Australian Flag, and has been in use since the late 1860s. Four sprigs of Christmas Bells compliment the Swan. Examples both with and without use of reverse patterns can be found.

Dean & Diane Fry – 4/09

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ,
And also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you,
Serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;
Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;
and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.
 Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility,
 for “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
 that He may exalt you in due time,
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:1-7)

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