I am in cold and overcast Bellingham, Washington as I write this. And I am freezing! I was hoping for better weather, but at least it will motivate me to get the 300 I Sell sheets listed that I have ready!
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August 9, 2007 Volume III, Issue 30
It is great to be back home in Bellingham (funny, I will always call this place home–no matter where I roam!) And even though the weather has not been wonderful–it is still better than 100-plus degrees in Palm Desert.
So, I was able to get 300 I Sell sheets written up and ready to bring home with me. Even I am impressed! All written up and photographed. Here is a photo of the sheets. Wow!
With the overcast weather, it will keep me inside and motivated to get the 300 items all listed. I also brought home 200 pieces of jewelry in a taped-up shoebox in my luggage. I was shocked to see that TSA (Transportation Security Authority) actually opened up the box–moved things around–and re-taped it. A few of the six gold rings that were on the bottom of the shoebox are now on the top. I hope that they are all there and accounted for when I inventory them later this week. Maybe I should have just brought home 5 GOLD RINGS. Just kidding.
So, while I should be here relaxing, I just found out that I will need to fly from Bellingham to Ft. Lauderdale for the launch meeting of the infomercial. Crazy but still exciting! So I fly out next Wednesday and will return on Friday. Unfortunately, I will miss the first day of my favorite sale of the summer here in Bellingham and where I found the vase I wrote about in story #93 from The 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay. The 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on Ebay is now available as an ebook–click here to order now.
Item #93 from The 100 Best Things.
Oh well, the infomercial is going to be so much fun and the launch meeting very important. So, I really need testimonials from you all to take to the meeting for consideration for the infomercial. I would love to hear from more of you–start out with just a written testimonial and we will figure out how to get it filmed later. Thanks!
I had a fun surprise sale this week–after a slow summer of nothing selling for much–but still doing OK with my eBay store–this was a nice change! I also think that the summer slump may be over. Hallelujah!
Check out this Celadon Charger that I finally got listed on eBay. I say finally because I bought it 8 months ago at an estate sale on the last day. The lady running the sale said, “Stuff all you can in a bag and it will only be $10.” I filled about 12 bags to the brim. This was one of those items so I figure it cost me about 50 cents! Cool!
Click here to see what it sold for.
More fun news, I have been asked by Skip McGrath (eBay Guru Extraordinaire) to help teach an eBay Boot Camp in Anacortes, Washington. It is going to be awesome. Read more about it in the Lynn Recommends section.
Our feature article this week comes again from my very good friend Elaine Henderson from www.patternglass.com. It is the second half of the last week’s article. We received many wonderful emails about the help and education she freely shares. Elaine has always been gracious and helpful to me. She and her husband Bill are pictured in my new book The 3rd 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay…Ka-Ching!
Check out this vase that she helped me identify.
Elaine and Bill of PatternGlass.com
EAPG stands for Early American Pattern Glass and these pieces can sell for big bucks! Please read the feature article–part 2–to learn about different forms or shapes that EAPG was made in.
This week we have another great story about the things you all have sold on eBay. This one comes from Kathleen and is about a windfall from downsizing a collection.
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Skip McGrath’s eBay Boot Camp in Anacortes, Washington. I’ve been invited to participate with Skip McGrath and other eBay experts in a two-day eBay Boot Camp in Anacortes, Washington. It will be held on September 28 and 29th. Registration opens on August 10th. Be watching for more information coming soon.
‘EAPG – simply Early American Pattern Glass, Part Two‘
by Elaine Henderson, PatternGlass.com
We have a guest columnist this week. I am glad to welcome back Elaine Henderson of PatternGlass.com, a friend and expert who has consulted on my books. She will be sharing her expertise in Early American Pattern Glass with us again this week. It is a great article. If you missed part one, you will find it here.
Typical Forms of EAPG
The Basic set of EAPG dishes is the “Four Piece Table set.” Every pattern (almost) that was made in more than one form, came in a Table Set. This is a specific term that includes a covered butter dish, a covered sugar bowl, a creamer and a spooner. A what? A spooner – also called a spoon holder or even a spill. It holds spoons and sits on the table or cabinet top so if someone wants a spoon, it’s handy. They are so useful, we wonder why they are not still made.
Shown is Blue w/ gold decor table set in Seed Pod pattern.
After the Table Set, a pattern would probably include a “Celery Vase.” Actually almost every pattern line of any consequence included one of these containers – shaped like a vase and purported to be used to hold, of all things, celery!! Now it is almost for certain that Victorians ate more potatoes or tomatoes than celery, but there were not potato dishes or tomato vases. So this is a mystery the answer to which we can only conjecture.
Next in common production is probably the “Berry Set” (Victorians were big on Sets). A “Berry Set” consists of a Master Berry Bowl – usually around 7-8″ in diameter – and 4-8 smaller matching berry bowls or “sauce dishes” – usually 3 1/2″ – 5″ in diameter. Some of these were flat and some were footed e.g. on a short pedestal like what we commonly think of as sherbet dishes. Where the term got the word “berry” is interesting because berries were certainly not available in quantities large enough to fill those bowls by most Victorian age housewives who used this glass.
Then comes the “Water Set.” This can also vary, depending on the pattern and the glassmaker, from a pitcher & 2-6 tumblers; or a pitcher and 2-6 stemmed goblets; or a pitcher and tumblers or goblets and a water tray; or a pitcher, some drinking vessels, a tray and a waste bowl!
Far & away, patterned sets of dishes are the main focus of EAPG collectors but there are some exceptions to even that! Many, many patterns were made in only one form, the main category being goblets or other drinking vessels. Then there are oil lamps, novelty items and condiment containers that held syrup, salt & pepper, vinegar or mustard.
A few sets of children’s or toy dishes were made to match their kitchen-sized pattern lines. Hawaiian Lei, Two Band, Lion Head, Liberty Bell and Sawtooth come to mind.
Shown is a table set in Toy Lion pattern.
Bread plates, which were made in most patterns, but also in some stand-alone designs, are popular EAPG collectibles and they also make unusual gifts. Many of them had embossed mottos on the center or edge such as “A Good Mother Makes a Happy Home”, “It is Pleasant to Labor For Those You Love” and several Bible verses, most often, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.”
There are also some amazingly fun glass pieces made for sundry purposes such as holding toothpicks, matches, cards, condiments and such, that don’t necessarily match a pattern but are irresistible to “old glass” folks.
As you know by now, EAPG is known by many terms, and the confusion is multiplied by the fact that almost all of the patterns are known by more than one name and some are known by as many as 7 names! This is because patterns were named by writers such as Ruth Webb Lee or Minnie Watson Kamm in the 1930s. Over the ensuing years, records and old catalogs have been discovered giving the OMN (Original Manufacturers Name) but in many instances, it was too late. Collectors had already become familiar with and attached to the names given by writers, each of who sometimes gave different names to the same pattern! And then, to make matters more confusing, the pattern variations had different names from different factories. Since the trademark was not yet discovered, if one factory had success selling a pattern, another would change a mold slightly & reissue its pattern under another name. Fortunately by now, some common names of most patterns have risen to the top and seem to be settled for most pattern glass folks.
What most resources and references about EAPG don’t tell you is that this glass was the dishes of the “everyday (Victorian era) Housewife.” Wealthy people supped from fine china & blown glass drinking vessels brought across the sea from The Continent. Before American industry introduced this inexpensively made glass commodity, folks of slim means were mostly fed from metal or wooden plates and drank from primitive cups. One reason it was so inexpensive is that it was often made without the benefit of what we now call “Quality Control.” And so, many pieces exhibit what many now erroneously call “straw marks” (for clarification on this inaccuracy, visit this page), and/or rough spots from imperfect molds, and/or the ubiquitous enclosed or even burst bubbles and/or tilty or twisty pieces which ‘set up’ askance after having been removed from the mold a little early.
A pet peeve of sellers of EAPG is the collector who insists on what they call “mint” pieces of EAPG. Certainly few are satisfied with cracks or chips or UV caused discoloration, nor should they be, but the above-mentioned irregularities are part of the character of our 100+-year-old historical glass. Coins are ‘minted’. Pressed glass is irregularly molded and the term ‘mint’ is inappropriate for it.
So we hope you will begin to love EAPG & have a little more appreciation for its historical integrity and try and imagine the life situation of the first owners of each piece as they struggled through the terrible War that divided our Country, Reconstruction as we put ourselves back together, the incredible Westward expansion causing some pieces to be carted in covered wagons, the Great Depression of the 1890s and the industrialization that emerged as we burst into the 20th century.
However you can obtain it, whether by inheritance from your great, great grandparents or by purchasing pieces that belonged to someone else’s great, great grandparents, use it, enjoy it and let it keep you in touch with your American Foremothers in days long gone by.
Much, much more can be learned about EAPG here.
Thanks, Elaine. That was a great lesson on EAPG. Elaine & Bill Henderson are the proprietors of PatternGlass.com, the only known pattern-matching service exclusively for Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) tableware ca 1850-1910.
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