Vintage Indiana Glass Cranberry Stained King's Crown Compote
Offering for your consideration is this Indiana Glass version of the King's Crown pattern produced by Indiana from the mid 1950's to about 1995. This item is referred to by at least two names, Compote being one, or Candy Bowl. I will call it a compote. The Indiana Glass King’s Crown pieces are a little different than the Tiffin pieces. The Indiana piece is flared out at the top rim. The Tiffin compote has straight sides and is slightly cupped in at the top. The stem and foot of the Indiana compote is not at all the same as the Tiffin version. About the only thing the compotes share is that they were manufactured using a three part mold. I don’t know if it makes a difference or not but the bowl has 15 thumbprints around, five in each third section of the mold.
Lots of the pieces in the King’s Crown pattern differ a little bit due to the time frame produced and by what company. Having said all that, oddly enough, all the versions seem to intermingle quite well. I could go on and on but time and space does not allow. I have listed the time line, a very short version, of the pattern names and production years of this very popular pattern. You might want to read more details than I have listed so I will list my references at the bottom.
TIME LINE: Adams and Company, Pattern Name, X.L.C.R. or Excelsior, beginning 1890; Adams joined with the U.S. Glass combine in 1891, Pattern name continued until 1941; U.S. Glass reissued the Pattern in 1943 and it was called Dubonnet Line #4016; In 1952 U.S. Glass/Tiffin changed the pattern name to King’s Crown and the pattern was also known as #4016; U.S. Glass also called the design, Thumbprint and Old Thumbprint in advertisements; Indiana Glass started their version called Line #77 in the mid 1950’s and it is known as King’s Crown, or Ruby Band Crown, or just Crown; Indiana was making King’s Crown pattern before Tiffin ceased operation of this pattern; U.S. Glass/Tiffin’s King’s Crown was not issued in any company catalog after 1962.
References: Pages 12 - 25, "Tiffin Glass 1940-1980" by Ruth Hemminger, Ed Goshe, and Leslie Pina. Copyright 2001. Pages 60 - 61, "A Century of Indiana Glass" by Craig Schenning. Copyright 2005.
CONDITION: Super nice, no chips, discoloration, cracks, repairs, or nicks. The staining is excellent. There is one tiny, tiny pin point in the stain from the manufacturing. It is barely visible.
This compote measures 5” OD X 5-1/4” Tall 3-1/8” Base/foot
COLOR: Crystal and Cranberry.
This is a stained piece as are all King’s Crown pieces no matter who made them. They are not flashed. Staining is a chemical solution hand applied with a brush and it is very tedious and time consuming. If you want to know the differences Google (flashed stained and cased glass). Very interesting article on the subject.
I will soon be listing more Indiana KC pieces soon and some fabulous Tiffin KC candle holders. Keep watching.
Thanks for looking. You can't go wrong on this one. Enjoy your day!