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American Fancy Glass



In the 1880s many fine pieces of fancy glass were blown in America. The shapes were Victorian and not very good in design, but the color and technique make it worth collecting. The most important glasswares made at this time were Peachblow, Burmese, Amberina, Pomona, Agata, Satin, Spangled and Hobnail. Peachblow shades from ivory or yellow to deep rose-red. Articles made in Peachblow include vases, rose bowls, finger bowls, baskets, tumblers, salts, peppers, pitchers, decanters, and sherbet cups. Agata glass was a variation of Peachblow with a mottled effect. Amberina glass shaded from amber to ruby and was blown and patterned in molds in designs of Expanded Diamonds, Swirled Ribbing, and Inverted Thumbprint. Amberina was made in fancy vases, pitcher and berry sets, celery holders, and finger bowls. Burmese glass shades from lemon yellow and pink. Pomona was a clear blown glass treated with etching, tinting, or staining. Satin glass was made in a variety of plain and shaded hues of blue, green, rose, brown, yellow, amber and gold, as well as stripes of yellow and white, blue and white, and blue and pink. Often a pattern of herringbone, polka dot, or diamond quilt is pattern-molded on a vase. Satin glass was made in vases, rose bowls, sugar and creamers, and pitcher and tumbler sets. In the 1890s Tiffany's Favrile glass was made by exposing variouscolored glass rods to the fumes of vaporized metals. The designs were blown and are imaginative and fanciful and include leaves and peacock feathers in blues, greens, reds, golds, and light mother-of-pearl. Tiffany glass is often marked "Favrile" and besides "Louis C. Tiffany" (or L.C.T.").



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