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Glass Patterns For States Created

The U.S. Glass Co., in the late 1890s, began marketing a series of glass patterns that it called its States series. Production of this series continued until into the early 20th century.

Altogether, 36 different states were represented, each with a different design. Several of the patterns were new for this series. However, some older designs were also reissued as part of the line. Many were made in several colors as well as in clear glass. Ruby staining was also used on some patterns.

The pattern Oregon, also known as Beaded Loop, was introduced in 1901. It has a band of vertical loops around the sides of the pieces; the loops are separated by a band of small diamond shapes. It was only made in clear glass.

The Washington state pattern, also introduced in 1901, is a very simple one. It is sometimes known as Beaded Base, which is a good description of the design. Simple cylindrical bodies have a ring of beads around the base of each piece. The Washington pattern was made in clear glass, but may also be found with colored staining or enameled decorations.

The pattern California, called Beaded Grape, was one of the earlier ones, appearing in 1899. Leafy grape vines decorate the sides and bands of small beading are on the corners or rims of pieces. California was originally produced in clear and a dark emerald green, frequently trimmed with gold.

The California pattern was reproduced, not only in the original colors but in several additional ones. The Westmoreland Company produced a beaded grape pattern in milk glass, also. A few items, including a goblet and covered sugar bowl, have been reproduced in the Oregon pattern. It doesn’t appear that the Washington pattern has been reproduced.

To complicate life for those who try to learn pattern names, there have been several glass patterns named for states that are not part of the U.S. Glass Co.’s States series. Included in the group is another one called Oregon, also known as Early Oregon or Skilton, which was introduced in 1891.

In 1905, U.S. Glass brought out another pattern, which it called simply The States, in honor of all the states. It was made in clear, clear with gold trim, and emerald green.

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Plaques Were Painted

A variation of the china painting so popular during the late 1800s was the coloring of plaques.

Modeled plaques of lightly baked or unbaked biscuit ware were tinted with watercolors. Among the designs used for this activity were flowers, fruits and birds.

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Designer Turns To Glass Making

Rene Lalique (1860-1945), founder of the present Lalique & Cie, began his career as a free lance jeweler/designer, creating designs for such jewelers as Cartier as well as for his own clientele.

Experiments with rock crystal focused his interest on glass as a medium, and he turned his extraordinary talents in that direction.

M. F. Coty commissioned Lalique to design bottles for his perfume company, and the success of this project led Lalique to open his own glassworks in 1909.

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