Ca. 1901 Northwood Toothpick Holder - Diamond Spearhead
This lovely Canary vaseline toothpick is free from any damage. No chips, nicks, stains, scratches, or cracks. The bottom rim has a slight amount of wear.
The yellow vaseline glass glows green under UV light.
Ah! The mystery of old Glass!
Nineteen factories joined together in November, 1899, to form the National Glass Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Harry Northwood plant in Indiana, Pennsylvania, sold out to the National Glass Co. consortium at that time and Harry Northwood departed for England. One of my book references, "Harry Northwood, The Early Years, 1881-1900", by Heacock, Measell, and Wiggins, notes that after the sale, even though Northwood no longer had a connection with the National Glass Company plant in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the plant was officially known as the Northwood Glass Works of the National Glass Company.
The next reference I found for the pattern was in book reference, "Dugan/Diamond, The Story of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Glass", also by Heacock, Measell, and Wiggins. The reference indicates that the 1901 National Glass Company's catalog shows the No. 22 line (Diamond Spearhead). On Page 31 the book says, It cannot be ascertained whether this is a design originated by Harry Northwood or a motif produced by the Bastow-Dugan management. Page 81, shows pictures of the toothpick holders in opalescent Canary, Blue, Green, and Light Blue.
Size: Actual 2-3/8" Tall X 2" Outside Diameter X 1-3/4" Base.
Another Reference: Page 148, "Glass Toothpick Holders" Copyright 1999, by Bredehoft and Sanford. National Glass Company section. Northwood Glass Works, Plant 13.
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