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American Watermelon 11” Art Glass Vase Green-to-Pink Crimped Rim c 1920s – 1930s
This is an American art glass vase. The color of this glass is called Watermelon. The time period is from the American Elegant Glass period, circa the 1920s through the 1930s.
Watermelon glass was made by American glassmakers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, for example Cambridge Glass and the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company. I don’t know who the maker of this vase is. Not too much watermelon glass was produced, and it was only made in goblets, pitchers, sugar and creamers, and vases. What is found today in the antique marketplace is mostly the goblets. Vases are rare and scarce.
Watermelon glass shades from a green at the bottom to a pinkish hue at top, somewhat like rubina (rubena) verde, which is red-to-green.
The vase is 11” high and 7” wide at the mouth.
The glass is green at the bottom and half way up the long neck it turns into pink. I tried to give a lot of photos of the pink, because to me it does not look like a solid pink color; instead it looks like clear glass with pink inside the clear, which overall gives an impression of solid pink. This isn’t flashed glass, as there is no color applied to the clear glass; the pink is inside the clear glass.
The shape has a large bulbous bottom with a long neck and a wide mouth. The mouth is double crimped, meaning the big rim is crimped to go up and down, and then crimped again to form ridges. The body of the vase has paneled ridges, which can be seen clearly in the photos.
The bottom is polished flat. There is wear on the bottom. There are some air bubbles. There are no chips, nicks or cracks.