Update to………Heisey Lariat Bon Bon Dish – Line 1540


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I likely should have included some other interesting information from the Bredehoft’s text:  production date 1942-1957; colour in crystal, rare black plates in black; designer Horace King; introduced at a show in Pittsburgh; and, designed to compete with Imperial’s ‘Candlewick’ line.

The candlesticks came in two and three light designs.  This one is obviously the three light.  The ‘Gordian knot’ or ‘Lariat’ is is pretty obvious with this piece.




November 4, 2018




I have this great book called Heisey Glass: 1896-1957 by Neila and Tom Bredehoft.  The Bredehofts have given alot of interesting information about different Heisey lines.  Regarding Lariat, they write:

“Lariat is the original name, although Heisey first referred ti the pattern as Gordian Knot……..The inspiration for this pattern was supposedly from the twisting of a heavy gold watch chain.”  (page 300).

I can honestly say that I would have guessed that a gold chain inspired the ‘loops’.

Czechoslovakian Decanter Set


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This set of five cut glasses and matching decanter was likely produced around the mid 20th Century, but that is really just a guess on my part. The label on it reads that it was made in Czechoslovakia so that dates the set to the early 1990s at the latest.

The photos do not do this set justice. It was very difficult to capture the true colours.

The glass is an amber or topaz with a red stain. The flowers and foliage are cut to the amber. The red has darker undertones, it is not crimson or scarlet. You can see the amber in the neck and in the stopper. There are lots of gilt/gold decorations on both the decanter and the tumblers. It truly is a lovely set.

I saw something similar online attributed as Egermann Glass, but I have no idea if this is Egermann or even Egermann style.

Bohemian (?) Covered Dish – Unknown Provenance


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This type of piece is not one that I normally would pick up and it was more than I would normally pay for something like this, but when I saw it, I had to have it.

When my husband and I travel to the eastern U.S. we often cross the border at the Thousand Islands Bridge.  We will often stop in Watertown, N.Y for a night, coming or going and if we do we visit the Old Jail Antiques shop.  This is a pretty unique store as it really does have old cells crammed full of stuff.  The shop isn’t your typical well-organized, dust-free location, but they have interesting items, good prices and the proprietor is willing to bargain.

In any event I came across this piece in a crowded cabinet and set my husband to bargaining (a favourite task of his).

I have had this covered dish/jar (a candy?) for quite a number of years and have never been able to identify it.

It has beautiful hand painted details. lots of gilt and a very pretty engraving/cutting.  It stands 4 7/8 inches to the sides and about 8 inches to the top of the finial when the lid is on. The base has a diameter of 3 inches and the jar’s opening is 3 1/8 inches in diameter.

I would love to know more about this piece.  If anyone has any info, please share.