|When Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton let their creative juices flow and designed this 19th century pattern, it is probable they had no earthly idea they would get the 21st century pattern glass crowd all in a tizzy about how to agree on a name to call it. Fortunately for us, EAPG dealer & collector Jim Veach has put together a virtual CORNUCOPIA of the pattern so we can see just how vast the glass mold makers knowledge of vegetation was! Enjoy learning about this pattern from the writing below, compliments of Jim & his wife, Vetta.|
| One of the most interesting Early American Pattern Glass patterns is a fruit pattern attributed to Dalzell, Gilmore, and Leighton, with production beginning somewhere in the 1890's. This fruit pattern probably has more names than any other glass pattern. Some of its most common names include, Strawberry & Currant, Cornucopia, Loganberry & Grape, Blackberry & Grape, Cherry and Fig, Three Fruits, Many Fruits, & Multiple Fruits. Some writers try to separate the set into different patterns.
It is easy to see by inspecting each piece that all the pieces match to make one pattern. Although the pieces have fruits different from other pieces, all the pieces have some similarities. All have little sideways thumbprints around their bases, the bottoms of the bowl part of the stemmed pieces, or in the case of the cake stands in the center of the plate around the stem.
As with many EAPG patterns, the high & low standard compotes take the same lid. We have every form we have heard of except for the butter base. I have only seen a picture of the covered butter once owned by Elaine Henderson. We have a few forms unlike any other we have heard of or seen.
Whatever you want to name the pattern, I don't think anyone could argue with you, because to my knowledge, there is no evidence to support
any pattern name besides No. 9D, given to the pattern by the manufacturer. I will try to describe the fruit patterns on each piece that we have. What I call grapes, you might call currants and what I call cherries you might call plums or vice versa. All pattern on the lids are molded on the inside.
|On the right is the over sized goblet. It has same fruits as regular goblet,
is about 1/4” taller with much bigger bowl, the regular goblet top
rim will fit inside the top rim of this one **
The goblets in this pattern have given it a bad rap because they have
been HIGHLY reproduced in a manner that does not do the pattern
justice. If you ever do see an original goblet, it will 'knock your socks
off' as it did us when we found our first. This is the form that gave the
pattern the name most books use, "Strawberry & Currant".
There is a pear on the side with the currants.
But as you will see, the pattern is much more than that.
|----This mug is the tumbler with an applied handle, has grapes or
currants on one side & strawberries on the other
----The covered pickle jar has strawberries on one side of the base &
strawberries on the other with only stippling on the inside of the lid **
---- The egg cup has an egg plant and leaves on both sides,
the only piece that is the same on both sides.
----The syrup pitcher with metal lid has strawberries
on one side & grapes on the other
----And the tumbler has grapes or currants on one side &
strawberries on the other
Low Standard covered compotes
|There are three sizes of pitchers
Water pitcher has the cornucopia full of fruit on one side &
a spray of cherries with blossoms on the other
The large milk pitcher has blackberries or loganberries on
one side with grapes on the other
The small milk pitcher has cherries on one side and figs on the other
Three high standard covered compotes:
|An 8" plate has gooseberries and grapes indented in the
center of the outside of the bottom
And the 7" shallow soup bowl or deep saucer has gooseberries
& grapes indented in the outside of the bottom **
|The elusive egg cup - one is for sale in our Egg Cup Store HERE.||The spooner is for sale in our 4th Spooner Store
HERE. It has strawberries on one side and blackberries on the other side.
|The very rare
covered butter dish.
The lid has gooseberries & blackberries.
|The creamer which is
for sale in our Creamer Store has grapes and a pear on one side & strawberries on the other side.
|The celery vase has
a stalk of celery on one side & a long stemmed rose on
|Shown here are three sizes of cake stands 8", 9" and 10".
There are now known to be four sizes of cake stands:
9 1/4" has plums, gooseberries, and grapes
10 1/4" has grapes and figs
11 1/4" has blackberries, elderberries, and strawberries
12 1/4" has cherries with blossoms & mulberries - only piece of glass seen with mulberries.
We have the 9" cake stand in our Cake Stand Store
The above pieces are in our collection but we have many duplicate pieces in or shop inventory. What makes this pattern so interesting to collect is finding that piece that you have never seen or heard of. And how many of those pieces are still out there somewhere?