For some reason I have, in the past, long longed for a celery vase. There is something about the old pressed pieces that is very attractive.
Awhile back I picked up this vase, on one of our trips, with pretty detailing. I poked around looking for a pattern and came across this great site – Patternglass.com. I didn’t see my piece, but took advantage of the offer to contact the store and ask for a pattern ID.
The site owner very quickly provided an identification of the pattern – Sheaf & Diamonds by Higbee. The owner also indicated that there Higbee made a very similar pattern named Grand a/k/a Diamond Medallion.
I had also posted the piece on the Everyday and Elegant Glass Forum
. One of the members indicated that there are several very similar patterns with diamond & fan motifs and suggested that I take a closer look and compare to ‘Diamond & Sunburst’ by Bryce, Walker & Co.
I have one reference book – the Florences’ American Pattern Glass table sets text. There is a photo of the Diamond Medallion pattern, which is not this piece, but no photos of the other two patterns. I also have the book – Bryce, Higbee and J.B. Higbee Glass by Lola and Wayne Higby. There are some examples of items in the Sheaf & Diamonds pattern. They do not match my piece.
Online there are quite a number of pieces that DO
look like the pattern on my vase and ARE
identified as Diamond & Sunburst by Bryce. I think that the second opinion that I received was the accurate one. It is difficult to pick up the details of the pattern through a photo. In fact there is a sample of this pattern on Patternglass.com
that says the pattern was produced in the 1870s by Bryce and Walker and was pattern #77.
I am grateful to both women for their opinions and for their efforts to point me in the right direction.
In any event I finally have a celery vase, now I just need some celery!