The smaller cups/mugs are the heavier restaurantware and remind me of old time diners.
The photo blue items of the pretty in the book Delphite & Jadite: a pocket guide by Joe Keller & David Ross continue to peak my interest. I am on the lookout for the ‘one’ delphite piece that I would like to buy and keep.
Although I have mentioned this book previously it is worth repeating the authors’ information. They say:
“First introduced by the McKee Glass Co. in the late 1920s…..Several distinct colors exist. Products by McKee and Jeannette do not match in color….McKee produc[ed] both delphite and chaline. Chaline is the lighter more vibrant color……Anchor Hocking produced two distinct colors, Turquoise Blue and Azurite. Azurite is an extremely pale blue that appears almost white. Turquoise Blue is a richer more vibrant blue.”
The photos in the book clearly illustrate the range of shades. The little ‘Charm’ set is definitely Azurite as it is very light, although the lighting in my kitchen makes this appear a wee darker than the actual opaque shade of blue. I have reposted this devilled egg tray which, if I recollect, was darker in tint and represents Anchor Hocking’s Turquoise Blue.
It seems appropriate to highlight this devilled egg tray over the weekend where eggs, albeit chocolate, are on the minds of lots of little ones. I have a couple of these trays – one in peach lustre and this one in the delphite – and I have often marveled at the concept of a separate tray for eggs! Although I must admit that it looks nice on the table with eggs on it!
I bought the book – Delphite & Jadite by Joe Keller & David Ross and learned a few interesting things:
- That the opaque pieces of delphite/delfite/chaline are more expensive to collect, and harder to find than jadite, which I thought was expensive enough!
- Delphite was first introduced by McKee in the late 1920s.
- There are a number of distinct colours with chaline being a lighter, more vibrant shade of blue.
- Anchor Hocking’s pieces, produced under the Fire-King lines in the 1950s and 1960s were made in turquoise blue and azurite. Azurite is a very pale blue which looks almost white in tint.
This tray is obviously Anchor Hocking’s turquoise.
This is a great book with lots of illustrations. There are many pieces in both colours that I have never seen.
I love the fact that the bottom of the tray, although not seen when in use, has been so attractively fashioned.