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glassyide
02-14-2019
03:41 PM ET (US)
LOL - I thought maybe you were swearing at me :)

I don't think the site asked me for an email address when I posted yesterday. I'll send an email to the museum email address - hopefully you have access to that or whoever does can forward it to you so you'll have my address.

My color data was also captured from journals and catalogs, but I think I was also pulling in information from published books on the different factories. I noted the source(s) for each entry, though, so that I could later tell where I got my information. It was a lot of work, but a labor of love. Tom had a copy of the work-in-progress but his got lost then I lost mine too. Very painful. We didn't have Cloud backup in those days. I can tell you for sure it will get backed up this time!

Looking forward to seeing what you already have put together. My other dream was to build on the work that was done by the Welkers many years ago and add references that came out after they published their book. I understand they did that whole project on index cards. I can't even imagine.

It may sound funny, but this feels like coming home. I don't miss collecting so much, but I really miss the researching, camaraderie with other researchers, and occasional mystery solving. The most exciting was probably discovering an ad in one of my old wholesale catalogs that confirmed a lot of suspected Northwood carnival patterns as truly being Northwood. Glen Thistlewood was thrilled when I found that and sent it to her.

Anyway, I'm not retired yet, so I had better get back to work.

More later,
Karen
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Tom Felt
02-14-2019
03:09 PM ET (US)
I don't know what happened with my reply, but here's what it was supposed to say:

Nice to hear from you again after so long. Congratulations on the upcoming retirement -- I can guarantee you're going to enjoy it!

Sorry you lost your color research data, but hopefully I can help you, since I started working on a very similar project a few years ago. It's still ongoing, so very much incomplete, but attached is a copy of what I've got so far. I am only putting colors that I can actually document from trade journals or catalogs, with the earliest and last dates I could find for them. A date in red means it was confirmed as a "new" color by the source (or I had a sequence of catalogs and it was the first catalog that color appears in). "Ending" dates can be problematic, because often trade journals just mentioned "colors" without being specific, so many of these colors probably continued to be made years after the last dates I was able to document. Anyway, this may give you a "jump-start" to get back to your project.

[Maybe the problem was trying to add an attachment. If you did not receive it through your email program, let me know and I'll try to find another way to send it.]
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Tom Felt
02-14-2019
02:35 PM ET (US)
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glassyide
02-13-2019
07:32 PM ET (US)
Oh my goodness. I have been away from the glass collecting world for several years and am finding I really miss it.

Tom, you and I used to correspond occasionally and you jokingly called me "Rakow West". Anyway, I'll be retiring later this year and would really like to get back into some of the research I was doing. Tom Bredehoft and I were working on a compendium of colors produced by different companies and their dates and I unfortunately lost all the data I had compiled. It was so disheartening to lose so many hours of work. I still have all those trade journals and catalogs, though, so it can be rebuilt. Hoping retirement travels will take me out to glass country and the museum.

So, just saying "hi"!

...Karen
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Tom Felt
12-11-2018
06:33 PM ET (US)
Hi, Karen - Sorry, I can't be certain who made this lamp. A possibility is the Beaumont Company in Morgantown (ca. 1950s-1970s), since they made other lamps with this thumb print optic, but I don't find this specific shape in any of our catalogs. Other companies made glass lamp parts, though, so it's impossible to be certain. Tom at the Museum of American Glass in WV.
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Karen Hersom
12-09-2018
10:56 PM ET (US)

Can you help me to identify this lamp. Thank you.
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Tom Felt
11-04-2018
10:34 AM ET (US)
Hi, Jennifer - My apologies for not responding much sooner. Unfortunately, I had some medical issues around the time you contacted us. Your cane is incredible, but unfortunately it can be very difficult to identify where such canes were made. They were not production items, but were made in the worker's spare time -- basically to show off his skill and then to be carried in ceremonial occasions such as Labor Day or Fourth of July parades. The size and detail of your cane indicates a worker with higher than average skill! But without a provenance (such as a family history), it is almost impossible to be more specific about where the cane originated. If you were able to search the land records for the house in which you found it, you might be able to find a family name which you could then search in the census records to find a glass worker by that name -- but that would require a considerable amount of research. It might be easier to just treasure the cane!
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Jennifer Barker
09-19-2018
02:05 PM ET (US)

This glass whimsy cane was found in an old pre-turn of the century home we bought for demolition. It stands 7 foot tall and is in very good shape. We are looking for some information as to where this may have originated. It is a pale green and has well proximated painted twists. We are reaching out to various links to see if we can get any information as it's size makes it a very unique piece. We appreciate any information or reference you could provide. We live in wetzel county but have been told it did not originate from Viking Glass factory
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Tom Felt
07-07-2018
07:43 PM ET (US)

Hi, Carol. This is a pattern originally introduced as Nord Crystal by Colony, and later renamed Regency. It was made for Colony by Indiana Glass Company from 1961-1966. I've not seen it in black before, but that suggests it might be a later reissue. Indiana made black in the 1970s for Tiara and brought it out in their regular product lines in the 1980s. Here's an ad for Nord from the Crockery and Glass Journal, March 1, 1961.
Edited 07-07-2018 07:43 PM
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Carol Roop
07-07-2018
06:53 PM ET (US)

Patent 108,605 Apr 1960 by Albert J Dreitzer. I have four glass's in this form,but I simply can't find the maker ,the name or when they were made. The base is the odd part of the design. I could not load a pic of that but I can send one if need. Any help appreciated.
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Paul Hilton
07-05-2018
11:18 AM ET (US)

I found this amber cylinder vase at the last Cambridge convention. The seller had no idea as to who made it. It has a large ground and polished pontil and reacts to a black light. A very similar vase was made by Fry, but there are differences.
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Vanita
02-03-2018
02:24 PM ET (US)
Your data is amazingly exciting.

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Elizabeth Williams
10-27-2017
04:52 PM ET (US)
Tom-many thanks for looking! Best, Elizabeth
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Tom Felt
10-25-2017
02:13 PM ET (US)
Hi Elizabeth -

Sorry, I haven't found your pattern in any of my references, but note that similar engravings were in production around 1912-1920. It's a lovely set.
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Tom Felt
10-25-2017
02:01 PM ET (US)
Hi, Paul - Smith made canary from ca. 1925-1931, primarily in the No. 88 Crackled (aka By Cracky) and No. 100 Lace (aka Romanesque) patterns.
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Elizabeth
10-23-2017
06:22 PM ET (US)
Thank you!

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