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Antiques Considered - August 17, 2011

A Northern Neck family has owned this American Pattern Glass vase for several generations.  They refer to it as a celery vase, but use it for flowers.  They write that it is in perfect condition, and question whether continuing to put water in it with flowers will cause the inside surface to oxidize.  It is 10 inches tall.

Strictly speaking, this vase is not what one should term a celery vase.  The latter would have

a shorter body in order to accommodate sliced pieces of celery.  To use this piece for that purpose would entail having the stalks of celery about ten inches long, not an ideal length for a dinner party, consequently, the vase is for flowers.

 The vase dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.  It is likely a product of one of the Ohio glass factories that predominated the market in that period.  Its condition is a great attribute as much of the glassware of that era has suffered over the years with chips and cracks.  This particular pattern, known as “button and daisy” with its irregular edge is especially prone to being nicked.

 The vase is worth $125, given its excellent condition.  Similar cracked and chipped pieces are virtually without value.  In American Pattern Glass the two most important aspects of value are rarity and condition.  This was a popular pattern for many years and is not rare as to pattern, but the octagonal shape of the bowl is more unusual.

The writers are correct in being concerned about oxidization causing pitting and cloudiness on the interior.  Whenever used for holding fresh flowers, the vase should be emptied, washed in warm soapy water, and dried immediately.  Water and flower stems left in the vase only can do it harm, and indeed it will pit and become cloudy.   Properly kept, it will continue to be a fine addition to any household.

Happy antiquing!

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