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Author Topic: Green and Yellow (vaseline?) Pineapple Art Glass Candlestick ID = Pukeburg  (Read 2492 times)

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Offline Mainelyglass

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It was suggested over on the PG&P forum that I post these over here for ID.  I'd love more information on them.

The more I look at these, the more interesting they are. They are two tone green and yellow. The base looks like vaseline glass to me, depending on how the light hits it. Both are 4 inches tall. On one of them the foot is 4 1/2 inches wide and the other is 4 5/8. The foot, bowl and flat piece on top are textured like the skin of a pineapple. One of them (with the larger foot) has a chip. When measuring the chip I noticed scratches, that turned out to be numbers. One is numbered "579-630" and the other looks like "589-684".

Here they are on a white background with indirect natural light from a window behind:
Here they are on a black background with indirect natural light from the same window on the right side:

I've been through all 3 Felt/Stoer candlestick books as well as the Florence candlestick book just in case. I'd appreciate any input anyone might have.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2006, 08:02:24 PM »
WOW, thye're fabulous :shock: They're certainly uranium glass, but I've never seen anything like them! The numbers may be British registered design numbers, can't tell you who (somebody on here will know) registered the design, but the design year is 1911.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2006, 04:31:23 AM »
The candlesticks were actually made by PUKEBERG GLASS in Sweden, about 1920's.  Came in a variety of colors.  There are numerous authors (Florence comes to mind) who say that this pattern was made by Stevens & Williams/Brierley.  

Here is Pukeberg's website, talking about the history of the company.  If you scroll down, you will see a yellow goblet with ruby stem and foot, that has the same pattern on it.  The pattern has gotten a couple of generic names: ROYAL FAN, and also TURKEY TRACKS.
Recently, one of the Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc. club members got a letter from Pukeberg glass (which is still in business) and the company verified that they made this pattern in the 1920's.

High level of lead in the glass.  The goblets will sing til next tuesday when they are lightly flicked.

Another one of our members collects the stems with the vaseline tops and ruby stem/feet, and here is a picture of a recent display she did for our annual convention.  She won first prize in our display competition!

Pukeberg made a wide variety of color choices.  I recently saw a pair of these squatty candlesticks sell on eBay that had yellow vaseline top and amethyst feet, and they sold for $150USD for the pair.

In the table setting shown above, there is about 9 or 10 different shapes.  I have also seen a single horn epergne with base (in green uranium), vases, decanters, plates, etc., etc.  

p.s.  In the table set shown above:  The owner has 8, 10, or 12 pieces in EACH SHAPE shown.  She only displayed 2 of each shape for the intimate dinner setting.  

Mr. Vaseline Glass

Offline Bernard C

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2006, 07:25:30 AM »
Quote from: "mrvaselineglass"
... There are numerous authors (Florence comes to mind) who say that this pattern was made by Stevens & Williams/Brierley. ...

Dave — Thanks for this gem.   My own limited experience is that S&W/RB never used pattern moulds, and that they only used moulds for optical effects, shape, and special effects like gradual colour change, air-trap, and jewelling.

I think this is another interesting item for the collector of strange glass myths and legends.

Have you any idea as to how this myth originated?   It can be something as simple as an original author speculating on possibilities, which are then cited out of context, and then, by continued repetition, become accepted fact.

Bernard C.  8)
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2006, 02:26:39 PM »
Thank you so much for the information!

Turkey Tracks - OK, I can see that now.

They are so pretty they might open up a whole new area of collecting for me.


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