Riverside Glass Works was founded in Wellsburg, West Virginia in 1879. The company was well known for it's tableware and oil lamp production and became a leading glass company by the 1890's. It joined the National Glass Co in 1899. Shortly after the merger the company began to suffer from Nationals poor financial standing and customer relations quickly declined. In 1907 Riverside Glass Works closed it's door permanently.
This lovely covered butter dish, circa 1883, is the Grasshopper pattern, also known as Locust, Long Spear and Riverside pattern line no. 4. Produced in non-flint amber and clear glass. Some of the pieces have the form of a grasshopper clinging to the side; this form is without the insect. The design is of lyre/harp with ferns and flowers, curled feet and decorative finial. This piece is also adorned with etched ferns. The piece measures 6 1/2" in height to the top of the finial and 6 1/8" across. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Scarce early American pressed glass pattern.