I am not particularly interested in pressed glass patterns, but every so often one ‘falls’ into my hands. I picked this up at McGregor’s awhile back and am just getting around to trying to ID it.
I found the ID at this great website – PatternGlass.com. While they sell glass, their site is also a source of a great deal of information. They also offer to identify people’s glass.
They define EAPG as:
“Early American Pattern Glass, also known simply as “pattern glass”, “pressed glass”, or Victorian glass, is pressed glass tableware (& some related novelty glass items) made during the Victorian period ca 1850-1910, only in America, in goblets and in “sets” such that all of the pieces in the set match in design. These sets of dishes were made by hundreds of glass factories- some more long-lived and more well-known today than others. The number of patterns of EAPG has been estimated to be as high as 3000 however in some of those patterns only a few forms (or items) were made. The number of patterns made in extensive sets was probably closer to 1000. In the 3rd and 4th decade of the 20th century, sets of pressed glass dishes were made also and those are generally referred to as “Depression Era Glass”.
I also learned that EAPG should glow yellow under a blacklight. I didn’t know that…and wouldn’t have guessed it. Sure enough, the thick bands of this butter dish glow under blacklight.
I scrolled through the pages of this website and found my butter dish. It is identified as:
“TWO BANDS pattern is aka Doyle’s #200, having been made by Doyle & Co. ca. 1890.”
This piece has a number of chips and other dings. But it is still amazing that it is still usable and attractive even at the ripe old age of 125 years!
Many thanks to this comprehensive site and its knowledgeable owners.