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Antiques Considered - July 1, 2009

This week we have a cranberry glass barber’s bottle from a writer in the Middle Peninsula. The glass is perfect, but the stopper is not original. The bottle is part of a large cranberry glass collection.

Barber’s bottles are very popular, especially ones in cranberry glass. This one is particularly nice. Many have chips and cracks because they were actually used in barbershops. This one is probably from the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately, it has lost its original stopper, which likely was made of cork and celluloid with a small hole for the barber to use in sprinkling the customer’s hair or neck.

As is, the bottle alone is worth $125. With the original stopper, it would be considerably higher. The glass is the great value, but the stopper would make the piece complete -- thus it plays a major role in determining the value of such a piece. At a good glass auction, this one might go higher still.


The present stopper is interesting in its own right. It is sterling silver overlay, and from its looks, we are safe in saying it came from a fine decanter.  For someone with a silver overlay decanter missing its stopper, this one would be highly desirable. On its own, it is worth $50, but it does not go with this bottle, both in fit and design.

Cranberry is the most requested American colored glass, followed closely by Vaseline glass. Pieces such as this barber’s bottle with the white overlay are at the peak of this genre.
Collectors look for hobnail glass overlay pitchers and tumblers, pickle and relish serving pieces, and a wide variety of other items.
Antique shops have difficulty stocking these pieces, and even at country auctions they always sell for good prices.
   Happy Antiquing..


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