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Martha Stewart's mail order operation, Martha by Mail, is currently offering a large variety of confusing reproduction and look-alike glassware.
This blown cranberry example (Fig. 1) is the latest reproduction glass rolling pin to hit the market. It is 14 long, about 2 diameter. Just released in July 2000, examples have already been showing up in on-line auctions. It is made by Pilgrim Glass Company in the United States; wholesale price, $45.
This covered glass jar with pheasant head finial was sold during the 1970-80s by Herters, a hunting and outdoor goods supplier. Although Herters business dates back to 1893, no old counterpart of the pheasant jar ever existed. When the jar drifts into the antiques market it is almost always represented as a much older piece.
This new finger lamp was once made by Fenton for a Tennessee lamp parts company. It has a 1 solid brass collar, a transparent light blue body and an applied clear glass handle. The body is 3 5/8 diameter; 3 1/2 to top of collar. Unlike the majority of reproduction oil lamps, the collar on this piece is plastered to the body. Collars on most foreign made oil lamp repros are simply glued.
A new line of reproduction cameo glass signed Charder is now available. Although the samples shown in this article are all lamps, the new signature undoubtedly is being used on vases and other shapes as well.
A vase originally made by the Dugan-Diamond Glass Company, ca. 1915-1920s, has been put back in production with the original molds.
An epergne mold originally used by L. G. Wright in the 1940s-50s is being put back into production by Fenton Glass.
All of these so-called art glass rolling pins showing up everywhere are new. Most are about 16 long with various body colors of clear, cobalt blue, red, green and other colors. Thick threads of one or more contrasting colors are swirled through the body. The handles are solid glass, the pin is hollow.
Royal Lace has joined the list of depression-era glassware patterns that have been reproduced. The 3 ″ five ounce tumbler has now been made in blue. Hazel Atlas.
This new 10 covered urn, or jar (right), marked Gall has recently been been offered by reproduction wholesalers. This example has a pale amber overlay on a frosted clear glass body. It is signed with an imitation Gall mark in raised glass (see photo below.) Although some vintage Gall from ca. 1880-1930 was made in a similar shape, originals in this shape are scarce and not likely to show up in online auctions or the local flea market.