This is a very unique Victorian novelty in the Cane pattern. It is a match holder with a ribbed striker. This has a hole at the top so it hangs on the wall. It is 5 inches tall and 3.25 inches across at its widest point. The match holder has a tray on the bottom with 8 clear vertical bands. The striker is ribbed. The striker bowl is 2.25 inches tall and the tray is 3.25 inches across. The top edge of the piece is scalloped. The back of the piece has only the cane pattern.
There is minimal roughness around the hole for the wall hanger on this piece. Otherwise, there are no chips or cracks. The piece has been black light tests and fluoresces under the UV. This piece is in very good condition with no chips or cracks.
The Cane pattern was made by Gillinder & Sons, and McKee Brothers by numerous authors. (Jenks & Luna p. 105; McCain p. 176-177, Plate 82.) The pattern features flat hobnail buttons and a criss-cross weave. This piece was made for Bryce Brothers (Lee, Victorian Glass, p. 302).
On page 188 of the Sandford book, there is a photo of this particular piece featured in vaseline glass; however, they do not attribute the piece to a specific maker, but thanks to Lee we know the maker was Bryce.
Lee, Victorian Glass, p. 302; Hawkins, Jay, Gillinder & Sons, p. 233 (McKee), GLASSHOUSE 7 GLASS MANUFACTURERS OF THE PITTSBURGH REGION, 1795-1910. Jenks & Luna EAPG 1850s-1910, p. 105. Sanford & Sanford, VICTORIAN NOVELTIES, Gillinder: p. 26-27, 188; McKee, p. 32-37. EAPG Pattern Identification Site. McCain, FIELD GUIDE TO PATTERN GLASS p. 176-177.
Item ID: PW723