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Northwood - Part 23

Green BASKETWEAVE Ext. on RAINBOW Compote. Courtesy Joe Brennan
Green BASKETWEAVE Exterior on RAINBOW Compote.
Courtesy Joe Brennan

BASKETWEAVE Exterior:  Primarily an exterior design placed on marigold, amethyst, and green compotes, 9” plates of the same colors, along with 8” – 9” bowls of the same colors. Widely used during the 1908-1912 period. Following 1912, use of the pattern diminished. A ribbed exterior followed.

Ameth. RAINBOW compote with BASKETWEAVE Ext.-Courtesy Joe Brennan
Amethyst RAINBOW compote with BASKETWEAVE Exterior -
Courtesy Joe Brennan

RAINBOW Compote:  Amethyst examples in amethyst/purple are seen more often than green or marigold, but most collectors pay little attention to them since only the exterior Basketweave design is accompanied by an interior lacking pattern.
Another facet surrounding these compotes is the difference in stem size. One is a bit taller and thinner, while the other is thicker from base to point of attachment to bowl. Both exterior mould types are known to occasionally offer the interior BLACKBERRY design.

A bonafide' amethyst RAINBOW plate having NO patterning! 8.75 in. diam.x 1.75 in. from table surface
A bonafide' amethyst RAINBOW plate having NO patterning!
8.75 inch diameter x 1.75 inch from table surface.

RAINBOW Plate:  Scarce to rare, but collectors give little notice! The Basketweave design is on the outer surface and it is the color spectrum seen on the inner smooth surface which creates the “name” for these pieces. Piecrust edge bowls are known in marigold and purple. A plate sold in 1998 for $30.

BLACKBERRY Compotes-White & IG-Daisy & Plume Exterior pattern.
BLACKBERRY Compotes - White and Ice Green -
Daisy & Plume Exterior pattern.

BLACKBERRY Compote:  These usually offer the Northwood trademark. Amethyst is probably the most prevalent color, with marigold and green following. Some scarce white compotes are known, indicating production continued to the 1912 timeframe when pastel colors were introduced. Blackberry is known only on the stemmed compote, and occasionally as the interior pattern on some Daisy & Plume footed rosebowls and 7”-9” bowls.

 Marigold Blossomtime Compote

BLOSSOMTIME Compote:  This has much collector influence, once its history is considered! Three versions, or variants exist. Blossomtime with the Wildflower exterior; Blossomtime with a plain exterior; and Northwood’s Wildflower with a plain interior. ALL are found in marigold, amethyst, and green. The Northwood trademark is usually present with excellent iridescent quality. All three versions of the compote are somewhat difficult to find.
The rather unique stem represents use of an existing mould rushed into carnival production in 1909. The interior Blossomtime pattern was added to the existing Wildflower compote, which had been produced in non-iridized form in previous years. The Wildflower compote, having a plain interior had been produced in crystal, emerald green, and decorated emerald green since 1905.  
At some point in time; perhaps the Wildflower exterior design was abandoned in favor or the plain exterior. Perhaps the Wildflower exterior mould plate was no longer usable.  An amethyst BLOSSOMTIME COMPOTE may be viewed in NORTHWOOD - PART 4.

Green WILDFLOWER Compote.- 5 in. tall, 6 in. across top, 3.25 in. base.
Green WILDFLOWER Compote.-
5 in. tall, 6 in. across top, 3.25 in. base.

WILDFLOWER Compote:  Marigold, amethyst and green examples are somewhat difficult to locate, but it makes a nice collector accompaniment to a Blossomtime Compote.

STAR of DAVID and Bows - Amethyst.
Star of David and Bows bowl - Amethyst.
Sticker on the bottom of a STAR of DAVID & BOWS bowl. Courtesy Sharon Gilespie
Sticker on the bottom of a STAR of DAVID & BOWS bowl.
Courtesy Sharon Gilespie.

STAR of DAVID  (& BOWS):  These dome-footed iridescent versions date to 1909-1910. It had been part of the Verre D’Orr line circa 1905-1908 production. Some re-tooling of the existing mould took place to alter the central interior design, but the dome foot is indication of its former status.
These 7”-8 ½” bowls are scarce today in marigold, amethyst and green.

LEAF & BEADS Footed, Ruffled Bowl, Green
Leaf and Beads footed, ruffled bowl - Green.
1906 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog
1906 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog.

LEAF & BEADS Footed. Ruffled Bowl: These two green bowls were included in a local auction. They are the first we have seen in our more than 50 years “on the trail”! This is an entirely different mould from all the others mentioned in written accounts to date (7/9/13). To our knowledge, none of these have sold in a “conventional” carnival glass auction. Dave Doty displays a photo of one in green. Obviously, this particular style is quite rare! The N is seen in the bottom of the interior.
The April 1906 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog Ad displaying the base mould pattern used in Opalescent glassware very likely indicates this to have been a “test mould” for very early iridized use.

HARVEST POPPY Compote-Amethys
Harvest Poppy compote - Amethyst.
Harvest Poppy compote - Marigold.

HARVEST POPPY Compote:  This rather complex design emanates from the center of the bowl to capture your attention. Since this stemmed compote with a plain exterior is the only shape within the pattern, and was produced in the basic Northwood colors: amethyst, blue, green and marigold, availability is sparse. Many times only two or three are sold in large carnival glass auctions during the course of a year!

Dean & Diane Fry – July 2013

Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
(James 3:13-17)
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