It's always interesting how things come to the attention of the public and how things become collectible. In the case of Dorothy Thorpe, her name has been known and there's been some - but not a lot - of interest in her products for years. But the use of her glasses on the TV show "Mad Men" has taken interest in her work to a completely different level.
Thorpe ran a decorating studio in Los Angeles in the 30s to the 60s. She didn't produce her own glass, but rather, like a number of companies at the time, bought her blanks from a glass company and decorated them for retail. The techniques she used were pretty much limited to sand carving (sand blasting), and silver and platinum. Her decorations were clean, crisp and modern, and at the moment, the most desirable pieces are those simple, modern shapes decorated with a broad band of patinated silver at the rim, a line called commonly called "Silver Band", but originally named Allegro by Thorpe.
This is a large, tankard-form pitcher. It holds 56 ounces. The blank is almost certainly by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company, which was the leading producer of hand-blown, paste-molded glassware in this era.
Size: 8.75" tall, 7" from handle to spout.
Condition: the patinated silver rim seems slightly dark, otherwise fine.
Item ID: 3754
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