Some nice person referred me to this catalog page to verify the tumblers’ provenance. I’d note the URL, but each time I type it, the image is rendered. If interested the URL should show in the most recent comment. Thanks again to my correspondent.
September 27, 2015
Not sure if this piece is Indiana – two seam marks, elongated thumbprints. Heavy pieces.
From September 15, 2012
I think this is a pretty, pretty common piece. I have two, this blue carnival and a gold carnival piece that I bought yesterday at Stapleton’s Auction in Newtonville, in different colours and I don’t think they are very old.
This is what I learned at Carnival Heaven:
“Indiana Pattern number 77 known by a variety of different names. King’s Crown, Crown, Thumbprint, Early American Crown and Thumbprint and when it was made in carnival glass, it was called a 5 inch Wedding Bowl. This compote was made for MANY years, in MANY colors and came in a covered and uncovered version. Please see the table below for some of the colors made.” This page provides a number of examples in the different colours.
“The pattern, produced by both Indiana Glass and Tiffin Glass was originally called Excelsior as manufactured in the late 1800’s by the Adams Glass Company. The pattern gained popularity in the late 1800’s due to its’ clean lines and at the time deep ruby staining of the top portion of the piece.
The glass was quite heavy and thick in order to accommodate the very deep thumbprints on the lower portion of the body of the pieces, mainly creamers and open sugar bowls.
A common misconception among collectors of this pattern is that Indiana Glass purchased the Adams molds from Tiffin Glass after they ceased production. Indiana Glass catalogs before this time however show the pattern was in production at the same time as Tiffin Glass was also making this pattern.
The early Indiana Glass pieces were in clear crystal as well as crystal with ruby staining. In the mid to late 1960’s Indiana Glass was manufacturing this popular pattern in amber, olive green, smoky blue and milk glass. The staining colors included ruby, cranberry, yellow, gold and platinum. When Indiana Glass acquired US Glass the molds were retooled and incorporated into the vast collection of Indiana Glass.
The company continued to make this pattern well into the 1990’s in a rainbow of colored glass. The last color being produced was an Imperial Blue color.”