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Old amber pressed glass lemonade jug & glasses. ID = Sowerby 2550 water set

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Tony H:
Hi Anne and Glen
What a surprise to see this water set is made by Sowerby, here in NZ it quite often seen, but mostly jug only in green blue and clear, with all kinds of names eg "DEPRESSION GLASS" and a price that would make your hair curl.

Thanks to both of you, great photos.

Tony H

Glen:
I have the jug, Tony, in a limey vaseline green that glows wonderfully under black light.

I think Anne's deep amber set is beautiful.

I should have added earlier that the set was advertised "with or without gold rim".

Glen

Anne E.B.:

--- Quote from: "Glen" ---I have the jug, Tony, in a limey vaseline green that glows wonderfully under black light.
Glen
--- End quote ---


I just had to show these three beauties I bought on Sunday.  I wasn't particularly looking for them, but there they were, so I couldn't resist adding them to my recently acquired complete amber set :roll:   The green jug has three matching glasses.  I tried it out under a U.V. light and it glowed just as Glen said.  I'm not sure how to describe the clear one - it has a slight yellowish tint to it.

What I did find strange was the difference in size, which is very noticeable when they are  placed next to each other.  The amber is the shortest, but has the widest diameter opening of 5.5".  The green is the tallest but has the smallest diameter opening of 4.75", and the clear is about midway between the two in height, with a diameter of 5".   All hold a pint up to the top line.  I can only assume that the size of moulds varied slightly.

No more jugs for a while methinks! :lol:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y195/glassie/nazeing015.jpg

Glen:
Excellent Anne. Thanks for sharing that lovely photograph.

Glen

Adam:
Anne - Although this pattern ran for many years it would probably use the original mould set throughout.  The size might increase very slightly (fraction of an inch) over time due to the mould set having to be re-cut due to wear and/or damage.  A careful comparison of the feet ends would show whether or not this had happened.

The difference which you note is due to the hand-finishing of the top, both for fire-polishing and to form the lip.  As appearance was the only criterion (i.e. no lid or metal fitting to go on the top) the "melter" (the guy who did this) would not use any form of gauge, which would have been necessary if constant diameter had been important.

Adam D.

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