Never let it be said that Victorians weren't nature conscious OR creative! And by golly, they weren't above getting their design motifs from the lowliest of subject matter. And one of them was this amazingly earthy pattern which mostly went unnoticed until the 1980s when Bill Heacock rescued it from obscurity, gave it a manly name and shared his find
with the world in the Glass Collector's Digest.
He claims the pattern was made by the Portland Glass Co. ca 1870
but that is an attribution that has been disproven.
The actual maker has yet to be discovered.
|The pattern pieces do appear to be early - we would not quarrel with the 1870s - and the forms we have seen have been the "standard" EAPG sizes. Shown here are the spooner and creamer. We have seen a marmalade jar lid & the finial is a 3 piece log similar to the 2 piece handles.|
|Interestingly, we have only seen one each of any form except the 4" sauce dishes and the high standard compotes which show up with an amazing variety of fancy etched decoration.|
So far, we have confirmed these forms of the
|Get a load of this gorgeous etched creamer and cov'd
Finally a piece with a lid was found.
So the next time you think "Victorian", remember....
not all that they did was scrolly.