Collections and Help Wanted

I have a an interest in pre-wwII toy cars and trucks manufactured by Wyandotte. I collect nursery magic lanterns and lantern slides. These old precursors to slide projectors combine my interest in optics and the kerosene era.

Pattern Glass
We collect an early American Pattern Glass pattern, York Herringbone (sometimes called Scalloped Swirl.) Here is a nice sample (72Kb) of a ruby stained celery in this pattern. More samples and information about this pattern can be found on the Scalloped Swirl page.

We are looking for goblets, wines and tumblers in either crystal or ruby stained. If you have any interesting York Herringbone pieces please drop us a note.

Sandy collects two Copeland Spode patterns:

Cowslip Wicker Lane
Copeland Spode, Cowslip And Wicker Lane
And demi cups and saucers in any of the other Spode patterns.

Scientists and Technology
I am looking for any plates, pitchers or other glass, pottery, china, etc. pieces with portraits or at least references to scientists, engineers, or scientific or technology events. For example, Einstein, Bohr, Newton, Darwin, Priestly, Edison, Tesla, etc. I have managed to find only two plates of this sort: a Royal Copenhagen plate celebrating Oersted, a Wedgewood plate celebrating the return of Halley's comet, and token with the bust of Edison made for Shell oil, and a wonderful caricature of Wm. Crookes by 'Spy'. Let me know if you have any to sell. Note that I am not interested in pieces commemorating exploration.

Can You Help Date This?

Bronze box Small (7-5/8" x 3-3/8" x 3-1/2") lidded heavy bronze box (jewelry?). The maker is Tron Art (in a Black Letter-like typeface) Copenhagen Denmark (in a rather modern sans serif typeface.) We understand that Tron Art is/was a consortium of Danish artisans. They are known for very well crafted designs. We have heard of a metal ship that this group of artisans made. A visitor to this page in 2003 informed us that she recalls seeing the Tron-Art box on her father's dresser for perhaps 50-60 years. So it might date in the 1940-50 time frame.

The Commercial Attaché of the Danish Embassy in the US had no information about Tron Art when I queried them 2001.

The design imitates an old trunk with heavy strap hinges and edge and corner ornamentation. The body of the box has a brownish-black overall finish. The interior and areas near the ornamentation have developed a nice green oxide. I undertand that the box origially had a wooden insert made of about 3/16" thick wood (reported as oak but doubtful) with mitered corners.

The inside of the cover is inscribed in Danish and English with the story of the 15 Juni 1219 battle in Estonia by King Valdemar Sejrs. You can read about this story of the Danish Flag at the Royal Danish Embassy. The battle is illustrated on the front of the box. This same event is commemorated on a 1919 and a 1969 Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate.

So, when do you suppose it was made (40's-50's?) Seems rather heavy and large for a jewelry box, what do you suppose it was for-perhaps just decorative? Given the reported wooden insert, I suspect it was used as a cigar box. Who is/was Tron Art? Who were the Artisans?

One can never accurately value such an obscure item. I have seen one at a show and one at an auction in 2001 where the asking price was around $100 US.

Drop me a note if you have any information about Tron Art and when this box might have been made.     Al

It's Identified

Shell Pattern For some time, I've been trying to identify this 'pattern glass' bowl. I looked for it in the pattern glass books with no luck. Well I should have just looked at the shade on a 50's Southern Belle 'boudoir' lamp. Evidently the manufacturer used the mold for the shade for a bowl also. Many thanks to the folks at the EAPG Society for suggesting that it looked similar to the shades on such lamps. If I had ever turned the bowl upside down, I might have recognized it.

Can You Help Identify This Pattern??

Small Stem We would like identify the pattern, manufacturer, and period of manufacture of this crystal stemmed cordial (2" D x 4" H ). My drawing shows the stem rather thicker than it actually is. The glass and molding is not of high quality. There are two mold marks descending from the rim and visible on the base.

I have looked for this pattern in McCain, Revi, and Jenks and Luna but have found nothing quite like it. It may well just be a 'depression glass' dime-store piece, but perhaps I just missed it, let me know if you are familiar with this pattern. Al

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