The name Gillinder has been associated with American glass since 1861 when William Gillinder started a glass factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. William and his descendants designed and made some of the most popular pressed glass patterns of the Victorian era and early 20th century.- including Westward Ho (Pioneer).
The business has been known under various names throughout the years including: Franklin Flint Glass Co. (1861), Gillinder & Bennett (1863), Gillinder & Sons (1867), Gillinder Bros. Inc. (1923). Gillinder is one of the few American glass companies to survive both world wars and the Great Depression. Family descendants continue to run the company today under the trade name Gillinder Glass, with Charles Gillinder as president.
This piece, the base of a covered sugar bowl, is the Westward Ho pattern, aka Pioneer and Tippecanoe, circa 1879, the molds were made by Jacobus. The pattern consists of a running deer, buffalo and cabin separated by scenes of tree covered mountains. The base has an embossed rayed design. The piece measures 4 1/2" across and 5 3/4" in height; the base measures 4" across. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.