The price has been reduced due to flaws in this piece. As you can see from the first photo, the flaws are not as obvious unless the piece is viewed very closely. I have taken highly magnified photos so you can see what I am describing. If you would like additional photos, please let me know. The stippling on the piece and the lighting when I took the photos make it appear grayer than it actually is. Please read the revised description before ordering the butter dish.
Most patterns of the EAPG era included at least a goblet and often a few other pieces such as a table set (creamer, sugar, spoon holder); however, the Lorne pattern had only one piece in the line, the butter dish. The Lorne pattern was made by the Bryce Brothers Glass Co. around 1880. The pattern has a stippled background, a ribbed band edge, and clear glass bars across the top. The bottom which has an under plate attached has a rope band around the outer edge.
The piece is 4 inches tall to the top of the lid, 7.5 inches long, and 5.5 inches wide. There is a plate attached to the bottom of the dish. The plate creates a 1 inch scalloped flange around the bottom. The plate is stippled with a narrow clear edge. A rope band design adorns the edge of the plate. The sides of the bottom of the dish are stippled and have clear ribbing at the bottom. In the center bottom of the dish there are 4 diamond shapes with a single diamond in the center of the 4 diamond patterns. There is a handle on each end with an open center. The bottom of the dish extends about 1/2 inch below the flange. The bowl part of the dish is about 2 inches deep. The bottom is oval and is factory finished smooth.
The lid fits on the inside of the bottom of the dish. It has a ribbed edge and stippled panels. The finial is a 2" long rectangle about 1.25 inches tall and has an open center. There is some minor roughness on the inside rim of the dish. At each end of the dish on the handle, there is a mold line and there is extra glass under the handle which creates edge roughness. This can be felt easier than it is seen. (There is a line that looks like a crack but I think it is a mold line.) On the lid, there is a line which looks like a crack, but it is actually an annealing mark made during the manufacturing process. The photos I have added are very close up and the flaws are not as obvious as the photos make them seem. The photos were taken against white poster board but because of the lighting appear to be against yellow/beige.
This pattern is similar to the Pleat and Panel pattern, also made by Bryce. Because of the similarities between the patterns, the Lorne butter dish is often used as a compliment to the Pleat and panel pattern.
The piece has been black light tested and fluoresces green under the UV. For a piece made in the 1880s, this butter dish is in good antique condition.
SOURCES: EAPG ID site, DoRi Miles; Kamm 8, p. 137, plate 39.