These two vases are almost 10 inches tall. The pattern is a combination of diamonds and fans. They are celery vases with large scallops along the rim which fan out. These vases a variety of uses other than being a celery holder. Both vases are in excellent vintage condition. (A photo of this vase is shown on page 121 of Teal's book.)
Lots of sparkling diamonds with fans around the scalloped rim decorate the bowl and stem on this stunningly beautiful stemmed celery vase made between 1896-1902. The pattern is Shepherd's Plaid. It is often confused with the Pineapple Fan pattern made by numerous companies however, this pattern in the celery vase is rarely found.
The vase is made of heavy clear pressed crystal glass. There are 6 fans with 6 points and 2 miter lines to create noticeable points between the fans and the diamonds. The vase is 4.75 wide and 9.75 inches tall. The bowl is covered with diamonds and has 6 fans around the rim. The stem flares and tapers toward the base. It is a mass of diamonds. The pedestal base is recessed with diamonds and clear. The glass on the base is about 1/8 inch thick. There are 3 mold lines, but they are well disguised. The stem is about 4.75 long to the bottom of the bowl. The bowl is about 5 inches deep.
Model Flint introduced the pattern in 1896 and the company closed in 1902. Model Flint was a part of the National Glass Company. The Pineapple Fan pattern was made by U.S. Glass and other companies. The U.S. Glass Pineapple Fan celery vase is not stemmed.
I do not hesitate to give each vase an excellent condition rating. There are no chips, cracks, dings. There is absolutely no discoloration in the glass. There are no bubbles or straw marks. The appearance of bubbles in the close up of the rim is an illusion...no bubbles. There is, as would be expected, bottom wear. Each vase has been black light tested and glows green under the UV.
The vases as a pair make a stunning addition to a buffet table or a holiday dining table. They are certainly large enough to hold a candle for soft lighting.
Sources: Teal, p.64-65 and 121, ALBANY GLASS MODEL FLINT. EAPG identification subscription site.
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