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 round open bowl, 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 pieces have the form of a grasshopper clinging to three sides of the item; this piece does not. The design pattern is of lyre/harp with ferns and flowers which flows into the three curled feet. The bowl measures 2 1/2" in height and 8 5/8" across. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; there are interior utensil scratches due to years of loving use. Scarce early American pressed glass pattern.
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