Mike - Butchiedog
- I just browsed through yesterday's eBay Glass Chat boards and I see you are asking there for info regarding Tony's bowl. I was fascinated to see the clear glass water pitcher that Julie has that's in exactly the same pattern. Most intriguing. There was quite an interesting exchange on the eBay board between you and Julie about it. I see she pointed you to our own Glass Message Board for discussion.
Here's a link to the pitcher that Julie showed on the eBay board.http://members.ozemail.com.au/~gjcheers/bullseyepitcher.JPG
I'll summarise the dialogue between Julie and Mike for the rest of you - as I am sure Tony will be interested.
Julie says that she wrote to some people who know EAPG very well. She received a reply from one of them that mentioned the US Glass Co's pattern 15092 (Star and Bullseye) as being similar to Julie's water pitcher. Julie also mentions that Crown Crystal made a similar pattern.
The chat on eBay went round in a kind of circle, as Julie pointed Mike toward my article on Japanese Glass that was inspired by Tony's bowl, so things sort of got in a loop for a while there.
I hope that Mike will report back to us if he finds anything out about this fascinating item. I was interested to see, Mike, that you say you are on a "Japanese glass kick" at the moment. You may find my article of interest - Juu-nin to-iro, link here on the GMB - my apologies if you have already read it. I will be most interested to hear about your future findings.
Anyhow, to address a couple of things that cropped up in the ebay exchange.
1. As Julie rightly said, the US Glass pattern 15092 Star & Bullseye, is not the same as Tony's bowl (and Julie's pitcher). It is similar (as are several other US Glass patterns) but it has a star in the centre of the bullseye, which Tony's bowl does not have.
2. I did actually go through all my Crown Crystal catalogs when Tony showed us the bowl. There are some similar-ish patterns, but I could not find one to match.
As I have noted in the article I posted yesterday on Japanese Glass, my own feeling is that these patterns were simply imitated by whatever company in Japan pressed the glass. United States Glass was exported to many countries, indeed they had a specific export catalog. Much went to South America - a place that many US Glass "look-alikes" have turned up. I suggest that the same thing happened with Japan.