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Meeting Highlights & Program


February 2011


Arlene offered a fascinating program on Viking Flat-Back Bookends, made between 1980 and 1985.  She started her collection with an owl and then expanded from there.  Arlene noted that she will go for long dry spells without finding anything she needs and then she will luck into two or three in the same week.  The bookends were not always made as pairs of identical pieces; they frequently use complimentary pieces with the same theme or style, such as a praying boy and praying girl, or a farm girl and farm boy.  The flat-back bookends were made prior to the Dalzell-Viking era.  Most of the bookends are clear, but several were made in a wide variety of colors.  A few of Arlene’s bookends (including the green owl and the amber pear she displayed) bear a Rainbow Glass label for the rival glass company that Viking acquired towards the end of its run.
Arlene shared some of her research on the rollercoaster history of the Viking Glass Company, including its intertwining personnel with New Martinsville, Higbee, Seneca, Moser, Duncan and Miller, Morgantown, LG Wright, and Paden City.  Viking was chartered in 1900 and opened in 1901 in New Martinsville, West Virginia.  Viking endured a string of fires and floods but always managed to survive.  They seem to have traded molds (and people) with other glass companies and it is sometimes difficult nowadays to pinpoint who actually manufactured a piece.  After emerging from bankruptcy during the depression, the company was renamed New Martinsville Glass.  In the 1940 it reverted to the Viking name to capitalize on the growing popularity of Scandinavian glass.  Almost fifty different colors were produced at one time or another during the life of the factory.
Arlene noted that she has many singleton bookends, which keeps her on a constant hunt for the mates.  She enjoys the variety of shapes and sizes and looks forward to expanding her collection.




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.


On the right is a Frankoma republican mug in Dessert Gold, circa 1973.
On the left is a Frankoma democrat mug in Autumn Yellow, circa 1975.
Pressed glass punch bowl and cups from an unknown manufacturer.
Fenton Black Rose 2-piece epergne made in the late 1980s.
Fenton Butterfly and Berry pitcher and tumbler set in marigold carnival.
Cambridge Glass crystal and gold trim Wildflower 4-toed, 12-inch crimped bowl.
Seneca #1258 green cigarette holder with crystal stem and foot.
On the left is a Central Glass clear Panel, Rib, and Shell goblet.
On the right is a Green-stemmed goblet with gold trim from an unknown manufacturer.
US Glass crystal and ruby flashed Rising Sun dessert dish.
Westmoreland Glass milk glass Beaded Grape #1884 4-inch bowl with cover.
On the left is a Paden City candy bottom.
On the right is a Footed tumbler from an unknown manufacturer.
Cambridge Tally Ho blank blown stemware:
  • Wine with #1007-8 gold applied pattern
  • Cordial
  • Goblet, Royal Blue
  • Goblet, Carmen
  • Goblet, Crystal with Killarney pattern
Westmoreland Glass jack-in-the-pulpit vase in light amber.