Ram’s Head Bowls & Candle Holders

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I sold the clear bowl some time ago to a lady who owned a farm and had a flock of sheep.  I loved that story.  I swore up and down that I was only going to collect coloured bowls.  But……

I saw this pretty bowl with the lovely #763 Minerva etching and the gilt and rationalized that the ‘gold’ was a colour.  But this really is the only crystal one I am going to acquire.  (I hope).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2020

Rams Head Amethyst

 

Thrilled to have added another colour to my collection – Amethyst.  Absolutely beautiful!  Line 3500 / 25.

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March 31, 2019

I was (and still am) thrilled to have acquired this piece, line 432 in Peach Blo.  It is very pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 31, 2018

While I am still looking for colours in line 432 I did come across this pretty amber piece – line 3500/27.

Almost had a line on a Tuscan bowl in line 3500/25 but I misunderstood the rules of the live online auction and it was sold to some other lucky collector!

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January 5, 2017

Happy, happy, happy!  Have looked a long time for the line #432 bowl in ebony with gold decorations.  Absolutely gorgeous.

Missed one in Tuscan (pink) recently.  That’s on my radar now however.

 


October 23, 2016

This one is line 3500/26. I don’t know for sure what shade of blue this is.  Cambridge made a number of different transparent blues.  I am guessing that this is ‘Willow Blue’….but don’t know for sure.

 

 

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Last update – November 28, 2015

Cambridge Ivory Rams Head BowlHappy, happy, happy.  Gorgeous ivory.

Glows a pretty green under a black light.

Now on to the ebony or tuscan!

 

 

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November 9, 2015

Tuscan Rams Head CandleI figured I should add the Tuscan candle holder.  Maybe posting it will ‘attract’ a bowl!

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November 9, 2015

Woo hoo…..I finally acquired a bowl in Helio.  I have seen a few of these online and while I never was able to justify the cost of buying another, I just bought it.  If I had to wait to justify it, it would never have been purchased.Cambridge Helio Rams Head Bowl

According to the book Colors in Cambridge Glass II by the National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. Helio was introduced in January 1923.  The book goes on to day that Helio was likely only produced for two years.  So this piece was made in 1924 at the latest.

Obtaining bowls in the colours  I don’t own will be more difficult.  I have seen the Tuscan bowl advertised at an online auction, but have never seen any other colours for sale online or in person.  I’d love to get them in the ebony and the ivory (at least).

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Cambridge #432 Jade

Last one, so far…….This is the jade with gold details.  The colour isn’t well reproduced here, but it is lovely.

I am looking for one in ebony.  Haven’t come across one.  I let one in helio (pinky/purple) ‘get’ away.  Still cross about it!

I bought one Rams Head single candle holder in the Tuscan pink.  Unfortunately, due to complete idiocy, I had it sent to my daughter’s house – 2,000 miles away.  I am visiting in June and am looking forward to picking it up.

February 13, 2015 Update

IMG_3200I added to my rams head bowl collection recently.  Another bowl – line #3500/432.  This piece is Cambridge’s Azurite colour.

Here’s an article by Lynn Welker on Azurite pieces by Cambridge.

Very pretty!

 

October 19, 2014 Update

002This pretty cobalt (Aurora Jewels) console set was made by Imperial Glass.  The bowl has Imperial’s “IG” signature.  Imperial bought the moulds from Cambridge, when it closed, in the 1960s.  Imperial only made the set in cobalt.

 

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Most Recent Post – October 7, 2014

Cambridge Clear Ram's Head BowlI have recently added a few ram’s head items to my collections.  I have some thoughts about accumulating them for awhile and just displaying them in my office.

I don’t know why I find them so interesting.  The details aren’t pretty.  In fact they are somewhat ominous.  But….I like them.  Cambridge Clear Ram's Head Bowl (5)

This is Cambridge’s line #3500/27.  The item below is line #3500/432.

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Original Post December 8, 2013

Cambridge Rams Head Bowl in Rubina (2)I have long longed for a Rams Head Bowl.  Over the years I have coveted them in azurite (absolutely gorgeous) or in crystal with an etch of some sort.  The first one I saw had Fostoria’s Elaine etch.  But they were just too darned expensive.

Recently I came across this piece online on Etsy.  I ‘favourited it”, but never really entertained any thoughts of buying it.

A couple weeks ago I was reading an article in the newspaper that spoke about people buying gifts for themselves at Christmas time. Cambridge Rams Head Bowl in RubinaThe suggestion was that folks are getting over their guilt at treating themselves when they are shopping for others. Obviously this is quite true as I took possession of this bowl yesterday.  I am glad I did!

This is what Russell Vogelsand said in an 1978 article called Cambridge Rubina:

“This fine color line of Cambridge Glass was introduced to the public January 25, 1925.

The new glass is not one color, but a natural three or more tone glass, in                which the predominating shades are red, green and blue. Each tone is                      diverging into the other.”

I wanted to show how the colours blend so I took photos from the different angles, including a look at the base.Cambridge Rams Head Bowl in Rubina 3

I gather these pieces are not plentiful and that the rams head bowl is rare to find.  I consider myself lucky.  It is gorgeous and at least at this point in time, is a keeper.

Heisey – Etch#500 – Belvedere

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I haven’t been able to find any more stemware with this beautiful etch.  But I did find this divided bowl and tray in the Fern line.

Still looking for the water goblets in the Coventry line.

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July 31, 2015

 

 

Heisey Belvedere (2)These two glasses – the cordial (smaller glass) and the soda – show Heisey’s beautiful plate etch #500 – Belvedere.  The blank is line #4090 – Coventry.  This line had a brief production period of 1937-1939.

I was thrilled to find the cordials online.  They looked gorgeous in the photo, but they were far more attractive ‘in person’.

I started searching for them on and off and finally found a set of four of the sodas.  Very lovely.  The etch is quite complex and the blank has a nice solid look and feel.

I was lucky to find another four of the sodas.  I am hoping to find some water goblets at some point.  I am still using my Belle le Rose stems for my dressier table settings, but I think that this pattern could prove to be as, or even more, beautiful.

 

 

Update to……………………….Heisey #3390 – Carcassonne with Etch 448 – Old Colony in Sahara

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I have just discovered that I have been spelling the name ‘Carcassonne’ incorrectly for years.  Only used one ‘n’ instead of two.  Got it now!

I have had this line with the Titania etch and saw this goblets recently and was intrigued by the plate etch – Lafayette – #451.

According to the Encyclopedia of Heisey Glassware volume one: Etchings & Carvings by Louise W, Ream, Neila M. Bredehoft and Thomas H. Bredehoft the etch was in production between 1930 and 1937.  Given that Carcassonne was in production between 1930-1941, this stem is at least 84 years old!  I bought a set of four and they are pristine.  Someone(s) have taken good care of them all these years.

The authors also shared this quote from a Heisey ad:  “Most delightful is the chintz pattern etching in Early American spirit of the fine lead blown glassware…composed of a series of old chintz patterns artistically executed.  A ship in full sail, a man on horseback, a Colonial girl, a pagoda are among the motifs admirably used in the general pattern.”

The etch was also used on the Empress line – #1401.

This goblet is a tall goblet.  There was a shorter one with the same 11 ounce capacity.  I think I prefer the taller style.

The Carcassonne line also came in flamingo, sahara, cobalt bowl/crystal stem and foot, and with an alexandrite bowl/crystal stem and foot. Scarce in amber and rare in a combination of sahara and alexandrite.

 

 

 

 

 

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January 26, 2015

Heisey #3390, Carcassone with Etch #448 in Sahara (5)Isn’ t this cute?  This is a little sherberts in Heisey’s line #3390 – Carcassonne.  I really like the square feet.  This line was in production from  1930 – 1938.

They are etched with etch #448 – Old Colony.  I have acquired water goblets on a different blank with this etch – yet to be seen.  I like the bead detail on the stem as well.

The colour is Heisey’s yellow – Sahara.  Each company’s colours are slightly different.  I find that the yellows aren’t my favourite.  I like the blues and greens the best I think.

Nonetheless these are really sweet.