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Northwood SMOOTH & STIPPLED Rays
Northwood SMOOTH & STIPPLED Rays
(Beaded Cable & Drapery)
Oct. 1909 Butler Bros. Catalog.(Date in Frank M. Fenton's handwriting.
Oct.1909 Butler Bros. Catalog -
(Date in Frank M. Fenton's handwriting.)
BEADED CABLE - Cobalt Blue - Courtesy Mickey Reichel.BEADED CABLE Rosebowl in White.
Left - BEADED CABLE - Cobalt Blue - Courtesy Mickey Reichel.
Right - BEADED CABLE Rosebowl in White.
SMOOTH RAYS interior-Beaded Cable Candy Dish-7 in. diam.
SMOOTH RAYS interior - Beaded Cable Candy Dish - 7 in. diameter.

BEADED CABLE / Smooth Rays Exterior:   Popularity of this mould extended from 1903, as part of the Mosaic (purple slag) line, to opalescent production three years later. The lengthy production of carnival glass began in 1909. It was a staple of iridescent production for nearly six years before enjoying a run in custard glass production during the 1914-1916 period. Both the rosebowl and candy dish can be found having either a plain or rayed interior.

N. STIPPLED RAYS PCE 9 in. Bowl having DRAPERY Ext. Green-Courtesy Don Ruppel.
N. STIPPLED RAYS PCE 9 in. Bowl having DRAPERY Ext. - Green.
Courtesy Don Ruppel.
Unusual DRAPERY Exterior on N. STIPPLED RAYS Bowl.Green.
Unusual DRAPERY Exterior on Northwood STIPPLED RAYS Bowl - Green.

STIPPLED RAYS / Drapery Exterior:  This unusual example has turned up in recent years, having the pie crust edge and Drapery exterior pattern. Northwood’s version of the 8”-9” Stippled Rays bowls was produced in large quantity in the 1909 time frame. All known examples are trademarked.

Aqua Opal DRAPERY Rosebowl.
Aqua Opal DRAPERY Rosebowl.
DRAPERY Rosebowl - Marigold.Lime Ice Green DRAPERY- $900. 1 '08 Reichel Auction.
Left - DRAPERY Rosebowl - Marigold.
Right - Lime Ice Green DRAPERY- $900. Jan. '08 Reichel Auction.
N. DRAPERY Candy Dish-I.B.same mold as vase.
Northwood DRAPERY Candy Dish - I.B. - Same mold as vase.

DRAPERY:  Rosebowls and vases are popular with collectors. Marigold, amethyst, green, cobalt blue, white, ice green, ice blue, Renninger blue, aqua opalescent and lavender are known rosebowl colors. 7” to 9” vases can be found in marigold, amethyst, green, cobalt blue, white, ice green, ice blue, aqua, teal, lime green, aqua opalescent, and sapphire blue. A couple of squat 5” vases have been reported. Candy dishes are usually in a triangular shape and fashioned from the vase mould. Ice blue and white are most prevalent, with marigold, amethyst, cobalt blue and ice green much more difficult to find. Very few green examples are known. Two white tumblers and a small white berry bowl exist.  (Please check our pattern alphabet; click on -- D -- for some Drapery vases.)

9 in. Mgld. STIPPLED RAYS with PLAIN Exterior.
Nine inch Marigold STIPPLED RAYS with PLAIN Exterior.
9 in.Ameth. N. STIPPLED RAYS.
Amethyst Stippled Rays bowl interior - 9 inch.
Ameth. STIPPLED RAYS 9 in. bowl with BASKETWEAVE Ext.
Amethyst Stippled Rays bowl with Basketweave exterior - 9 inch.

STIPPLED RAYS /Basketweave Exterior:  Another “ho-hum” Stippled Rays? Most of us associate the pattern with 8”- 9” ruffled or PCE bowls. These are probably the most commonly found shapes; having either plain or Basketweave exterior. Marigold, amethyst and green examples turn up in fair numbers. Cobalt should be considered scarce and white examples are rare. Ice blue bowls have been top rarities for years, then in late 2000, an ice green Stippled Rays bowl was discovered and found a home in Australia. Marigold, amethyst and green dome footed bowl with Greek Key exterior pattern is known, along with a two-handled bonbon in marigold, amethyst, green, and cobalt blue. There are also three 6 ½” plates in marigold and amethyst. These turned up for sale on the internet. (Northwood-Part 8 displays an ice blue example in Stippled Rays.)

BASKETWEAVE: The pattern was widely used during the 1908-1912 period as an exterior for marigold, amethyst and green 8”-9” bowls, 9” plates, compotes and bonbons. In years following, usage of ribbed exteriors prevailed. When Basketweave appears as the exterior design with an un-patterned interior, collectors/writers refer to it as “Northwood’s Rainbow”. Amethyst is the dominant color, but marigold and green examples do exist.

Dean & Diane Fry, 12/11

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a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace… (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

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