Offering for your consideration, Set of 8 Vintage Indiana Glass Kings Crown - Ruby Band Crown - Wine - Claret Goblets Line #77
These are the Indiana Glass version made from mid to late 1950's until the early 1970's.
COLOR: Crystal and Ruby. SIZE: 4-1/4" (closer to 4-3/8"), 2-1/2" OD Rim and Foot.
Here is a short Timeline history of the King's Crown pattern from its most prolific makers:
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; The U.S. Glass/Tiffin’s King’s Crown was not issued in any company catalog after 1962.
Many pieces in the King’s Crown pattern differ a little bit due to the time frame produced and by what company. Oddly enough, all the versions seem to intermingle quite well. You might want to read more details than I have listed so I will list my references at the bottom. One difference in the goblets is that the Indiana Glass goblets were made from a two part mold and the Tiffin goblets are all three part molded.
These are Ruby stained pieces as are all King’s Crown items, no matter who made them. They are not flashed. Staining, back in the day, was a chemical solution hand applied with a brush and it was very tedious and time consuming. These goblets appear to have been sprayed with stain. If you want to know the differences, Google (flashed stained and cased glass). Very interesting article on the subject.
CONDITION: At first glance every one of these pretty Ruby stained wine goblets seem perfect and they are in nice condition, but five of them have a little cabinet wear in the stained area. Three of the five have a few touch spots here and there and two of them only have a tiny spot or two. The other three have no wear in the Ruby band areas. There are no chips, bites, cracks, cloudiness, discoloration, or roughness anywhere. I am not sure they were used as there is no fading to the stain. The little wear is visible when held to strong light.
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.
There are also two good websites with tons of information.
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