Heart of America Glass Collectors
Meeting Highlights & Past Programs
Ed dazzled the club with his extraordinary collection of Kosta Boda animals, most of which he has acquired within the past year. Ed was drawn to the whimsical design, the exquisite craftsmanship, and the high quality of the glass. He shared a brief history of the Swedish company, which dates back to 1742 (see http://www.kostaboda.us/index.html)! Many artists, designers, and craftsmen have contributed to Kosta Boda's history. Ed does not remember which animal came first in his menagerie, but he enjoys them all. He has not found a definitive resource that catalogs what is available, so all of his finds are surprising new treasures to him. Ed knows that the animal series were made in the 1970s and 1980s; he surmises that they could be used as paperweights, bookends, window decorations, or just shelf sitters. Ed has identified a Circus series, a Zoo series, a "Flat Back" series, and a "Full Back" series. (The flat backs could sit flat against a wall or window, or in front of a votive candle.) Some of the animals came in multiple sizes. Most of Ed's animals have their details molded into the glass, but a few have etched details. Many of Ed's animals bear the Kosta Boda etched mark and quite a few still have their original paper or foil labels. Thanks to the internet, Ed's collection has grown rapidly. He commented that over half have come from Canada, where the Kosta Boda rep must have been particularly successful!
Show & Tell
Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell! Here are some highlights from this meeting. Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.
1. Clear (sun purple) Century 3-part relish by Fostoria.
2. Tan Puma by Frankoma Pottery.
3. Minnie Watson Kamm books on Early American Pattern Glass, published in the 1940s and 1950s.
4. On the left is an unknown footed carnival comport, handed down from a club member's great grandmother.
In the upper middle is a Impressive glass bird, possibly Italian (Murano).
In the lower middles is Glass candy container (?) with a metal lid in the shape of a zeppelin.
On the right is an amber and peach opalescent Pearly Dots old carnival bowl by Westmoreland from the early 1900s.
5. On the left is an Brown marble Paneled Grape split-handle basket by Westmoreland.
In the middle is an olive green Coin #1372/129 oval bowl by Fostoria.
On the right is an unknown glass slipper, possibly from England.
6. A Clown created by a very talented club member using all natural wood colors (no paint or stain).
7. Hunting Buddies created by a very talented club member using all natural wood colors (no paint or stain).
8. On the left is a clear Early American Pattern Glass footed comport in the Egyptian pattern, made by
Boston & Sandwich in the 1870s.
On the right is an emerald Catalonian whiskey decanter and two flat whiskey glasses by Consolidated Glass.