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Meeting Highlights & Program


March 2014


Dolores provided an impressive display of Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) compotes. She started the program with an analysis of the words compote and comport and how they were used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their definitions and origins are similar, but compote seems to be the preferred term in the 21st century. Dolores started collecting EAPG in the early 1990s when she bought several sizes of rum pots in the Massachusetts pattern by U.S. Glass. She continues to collect that pattern, but she had also branched into other patterns and to compotes (both covered and open). Dolores shared a good sampling of her EAPG compote collection; she even brought along a few later examples from the Elegant Glass world by companies such as Cambridge, Fostoria, and Heisey.

EAPG was made in America from approximately 1850 to 1910. It was designed and marketed as pressed ware for households as an alternative to more costly cut glass. EAPG is primarily clear, though some colors were made as well as treatments including colored flashes (ruby flash or gold flash) and trims such as gold trim or platinum trim. Estimates of the number of patterns made during that period range from 1,000 (counting only patterns with a large number of pieces) to 3,000 (counting all patterns with at least a table set). Due to its popularity today, some EAPG patterns have been reproduced.

Included in the display were the following compotes:
  • #156 by Indiana Glass Company, circa 1913
  • #808 by National Glass Company, circa 1890
  • Alfa by J. B. Higbee Glass Company, circa 1908
  • Connecticut by U.S. Glass Company, circa 1900
  • Diamond Point Discs by J. B. Higbee Glass Company, circa 1905
  • Fish Scale by Bryce Brothers, circa 1888
  • Fostoria with cutting and etching
  • Madeira by Tarentum Glass Company, circa 1912
  • Maine (#15066) by U.S. Glass Company, circa 1899
  • Marlboro by U.S. Glass Company, circa 1907
  • Nucut by Imperial Glass
  • Olden Day by Imperial Glass, made in the 1950s
  • Oregon by U.S. Glass Company, circa 1901
  • Peerless by Heisey, circa 1899
  • Potpourri Salver by Millberger Glass
  • Ribbed Ellipse by J. B. Higbee Glass Company, circa 1905
  • Ribbon Candy (with lid)
  • Sextec by McKee, circa 1906
  • Shoshone by U.S. Glass Company, circa 1895
  • States Pattern by U.S. Glass Company, circa 1905
  • Sunburst by McKee


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.




Imperial Glass clear Cape Cod 16-ounce #42-83 water goblets


Tiffin Wisteria console set:  #562-11 bowl and #562-12 candleholders


Zelezny Brod Sklo (ZBS) neodymium vase designed by Miloslav Klinger, made between 1948 and 1956


Morgantown Pineapple Vesta Flowerlite, circa 1958


Tiffin ruby and crystal Empress flower arranger


Imperial Glass crystal Candlewick punch set (bowl, liner, cup, and ladle) sand carved by Frank Oda with the Hale Pua (House of Flowers) design in the 1950s for Arts Hawaii


Duncan Miller cobalt Caribbean cigarette holder with stacking ash trays


Consolidated green wash Martelé low footed compote with hummingbirds and orchids


Heisey crystal Williamsburg candleholders with bobeches and prism


Libbey clear 14 ˝ oz. English Hi Ball glasses in original box, decorated with World War II planes and including a printed page with stories of each plane


On the left is a Fostoria clear Winchester cordial with the Regency cutting

In the center is a Morgantown clear Golf Ball cordial with an unknown cutting

On the right is a Bryce cobalt cordial with a clear ball stem


On the left is a Bryce turquoise glass shoe, patented October 1886

On the left is a Duncan turquoise glass shoe, patented October 1886