The Central Glass Co. was formed in Wheeling, WV, in 1863 by a group of dissatisfied workers from the Barnes, Hobbs and Co. The factory developed into one of the largest producers of glass in the U.S. and In 1891, Central Glass was approached by the U.S. Glass Co. to combine and became 'Factory O' after it joined. The plant closed from 1893 to 1895 and reopened as 'Central Glass Works' in January, 1896. Surviving fires, inadequate tariff protection, the depression and prohibition the company finally closed in 1939.
Vaseline or Uranium glass is a transparent yellow to yellow-green glass owing its color intensity to the uranium content. Vaseline glass became popular in the mid-19th century with its greatest popularity being from the late 1880's to the 1920's. The term Vaseline glass is based on a perceived resemblance of petroleum jelly as formulated and commercially sold at this time in history.
This lovely EAPG Vaseline open compote #796, circa 1885, is called the Lattice & Thumbprint, or sometimes, Rope and Thumbprint pattern. The rim, bottom of the bowl and base are embossed with lattice-work designs, while the sides of the bowl consists of three rows of inverted thumbprints. The compote measures 5 3/4" in height, 8 1/2" across the top and 4 1/4" across the base. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.
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