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Pressed Pattern Glass

In the 1840s pressed glass began to be made in complete table settings. Thousands of patterns were made. The earliest were simple ovals and loops and included such patterns as Ashburton, Flute, Loop, Excelsior, Argus, Colonial, Pillar, Diamond Thumbprint, Bigler, Huber, and Victoria. A little later more detail was used in such patterns as Comet, Horn of Plenty, New England Pineapple, Gothic, Hamilton, and Sandwich Star. Another group of designs are called the Ribbed Group and include such patterns as Bellflower, Ribbed Grape, Ivy, Acorn, Fine Rib, Ribbed Palm, and Inverted Fern. These patterns are delicate and are characterized by a fine vertical ribbing. In the 1860s one of the best-known patterns was the Lincoln Drape. Other patterns of this era include Cable, Tulip, Thumbprint, Frosted Roman Key, Honeycomb, and Philadelphia. More elaborate and more naturalistic patterns, such as grape and flower, were made later. In the late 1870s a group of clear-glass patterns, with frosted figures on the lids and in the stems and bases, were popular. These patterns included Westward-Ho, which has the figure of an Indian on the lid and a scene with a log cabin on the bowl. Lion, Three Faces, Baby Face, Polar Bear, Dog and Deer, and Jumbo patterns also had frosted figures on lids of dishes and stems of compotes and glasses. A group of conventional patterns such as the Daisy and Button, Hobnail, and Stipple were made in the 1880s. Pattern Glass designs were made in clear glass, yellow, blue, green, and in opaque glass of various colors. The articles readily available to the collector are goblets, tumblers, and pitchers.

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