That's Early American Pattern Glass. I love the stuff. I love finding it in odd, out-of-the-way shops, bringing it home and cleaning it up. I love searching for the names of the patterns and reading about the companies that made this intricate, decorative glass. I love looking through books of patterns and pictures of the many, many kinds of pattern glass that others have found and collected.
What I don't do, though, is collect it. I enjoy the hunt, the return to loveliness and the scavenger hunt to identify a particular piece. And then? I list it on eBay for sale, hoping a collector will find the piece that is just what he or she is looking for to add to their collection. You see, I have come to realize that I am not a collector. I love old things and enjoy using them daily in my home. But I am not one to put things in a showcase "for display only." I appreciate those who do--I like looking at their collections and appreciate the effort they made to gather and document their finds. And I also appreciate how important collectors are to maintaining history. I am just not one of them. My role is the hunter/gatherer one and I am perfectly happy with that.
Here are some of the things I've found recently:
And another piece with a story: I found this one in an antique mall, marked down drastically because it was chipped. Normally that puts me off, but I have learned that with this old glass chips are not unusual. I liked the shape and the bold pattern so I bought it. Research told me that this is in the Dewey (named after the Admiral) or Flower Flange pattern, made by Indiana Glass at their Greentown works around 1898. There are people who collect only "Greentown glass" so this is a very collectible piece, even with its chip.I am hoping a collector sees the listing on eBay and gives this dish a good home.
This is just a sampling of the EAPG pieces I've found recently. Most people see this glass and think it is cheap glass because it looks different from the glass we are used to seeing, but once you get an eye for spotting it, it becomes a quest to seek it out, wash it up and enjoy its antique beauty.