As you regular readers know, I love collecting vintage glass bowls. I love stoneware or pottery bowls, too, but you have to set limits somewhere. Recently while roaming around a large antique mall, I came across a booth that had a number of jadeite bowls and other items, for unusually low prices.
I mean, really, really low.
If you shop for vintage jadeite, then you know a single Fire King dinner plate in that lovely shade, a mint-green milk glass, can cost $20 – $35. For just one plate, yes, which is surprising when you discover those plates were used in high quantities in the restaurants of the past.
A jadeite bowl? $65 is a price I’ve seen more than once.
So imagine my surprise when I saw what looked like a vintage Fire King splash proof bowl in the Tulips pattern, made of jadeite glass, for only about $20?
The Tulips bowls usually bring $45-65 each, but I’d only ever seen them in white milk glass. Jadeite?
Gene Florence’s book Kitchen Glass of the Depression Years depicts this bowl in white and ivory, but makes no mention of jadeite.
Hmmm… there were no marks on the bottom, and I believe Anchor Hocking / Fire King was pretty regular about marking their pieces, unlike Hazel Atlas and Glasbake.
Smells like a reproduction to me.
To be fair, the dealer didn’t have “vintage” or “antique” written on the tag, but it was in an antique mall. They had many jadeite pieces, including a hen-on-nest, spice shakers, and an incredible faceted covered candy dish. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of that! They were all $20 or less!
So what do you think? Is it fake, or rather, a reproduction? Would you buy it anyway?
I passed, since I was just so befuddled. I also passed on this lovely – and truly vintage – Federal Glass Co. bowl in the Country Kitchen pattern, which some collectors have nicknamed Tablecloth. I’ve been eyeing this beauty for over a year, but the price just won’t come down low enough!
So did I get a new bowl? Yes, I did!
This unmarked apples bowl was very well-priced, and covered in enough grunge that I was reasonably sure it was a genuine, “olde” item.
It doesn’t appear in any of my collector’s guides, and shouldn’t be confused with the more commonly seen apples and cherries bowl made by (I believe) Fire King. It does have the shape of a FK splash proof bowl, but due to its smaller size, I suspect it to be a grease jar without its lid. Some online sources attribute this piece to Hazel Atlas, and it’s true they often didn’t mark their pieces. Whatever it is, I like it and will enjoy it in my kitchen, especially in the fall. It cleaned up nicely:)
Perhaps it’s a reproduction, too? My opinion: I think reproduction pieces are fine, but they should be clearly marked as such. Hopefully no one would pay a really high price for a piece that isn’t marked and doesn’t show the patina of age, unless they are absolutely sure what they’re buying. Getting the vintage look for a low price, as long as you know what it is? Sounds okay to me.
What do you think about the reproduction pieces out there? Do you like them, do you buy them? Or do you stick to true-vintage?
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