Sometimes I see a vintage piece and just know it can’t be left behind! That’s how I felt when I saw this Indiana Glass vessel. Amber glass is back and hot on the scene. Whether you are planning a vintage themed wedding or just want a splash of colour in your home, an amber piece like this will work overtime for you!
Casual warmth with mega style, and stunning as it catches the light!
Here’s a little background on this pattern.
As with so much collectible glassware, this piece comes with a mixed up history. You will see its pattern referred to as both Whitehall and American Whitehall, with the technical name for the piece itself being a ‘Cooler’. A cooler is another name for a larger sized tumbler. As mentioned, there are in fact two variations of this design. Whitehall was produced by Indiana Glass in the early 1960s – 1980s, while the other, American Whitehall, was reproduced by Lancaster Colony – formerly Fostoria, in the early 1980s onward. To add to the mish-mash of details, in 1957 Indiana Glass was purchased by Lancaster Colony but continued production under Indiana Glass. In 1963 the glassware packaging was changed to: Indiana Glass, a subsidiary of the Lancaster Colony Corporation.
It’s no wonder there is so much confusion with collectible glassware! So, how can you tell an original Indiana Glass Whitehall from a Lancaster Colony reproduction? Well, it’s in the design details. Indiana Glass’ Whitehall has a wider band at its rim that is slightly flared.
Lancaster’s American Whitehall has a narrower band and no flare, or in the case of the matching pitcher, no band at all with a jagged rim that follows the lines of each cube edge. Pretty and collectible, but not produced using the original Indiana Glass molds. Instead Lancaster’s design was produced from the Fostoria molds inherited with the purhcase of Fostoria! Are you still with me?
These pieces were created using the pressed glass method. With pressed glass, also known as mold-pressed, the design is patterned only on the exterior surface while the inside is smooth, and that’s because the interior form is separate from the exterior and then fused. Mold-pressed glass is different than mold-blown glass in that the interior of mold-blown glass matches its outer form as there is no fusing between the two. And then there’s cut glass, but I think all I’ll say about this is molded glass has a softer surface shape than cut glass. It’s easy to see the difference because cut glass has sharp angles that sparkle and prism in the light, whereas molded glass has a more rounded surface with sparkle that is not quite as brilliant. And, if you look closely you can see hairline seams where the molded sections have been joined. You can just barely see the seams on the base of this piece.
One last tidbit about this particular piece. Indiana Glass’ Whitehall is most commonly found in amber, olive green and clear – known as crystal. It was also produced in two hues of blue – light blue and teal, as well as crystal with a ruby stain, but these options are less common. Lancaster Colony produced their pieces in amber, crystal, blue and peach.
Who knew there was so much to collectible glassware, especially this cube-pressed design? Do you have vintage glassware in your collection? Any that match this piece? I’d love to hear how you incorporate and enjoy your collectibles in today’s modern lifestyle. Is mix and match your thing, or do you prefer matching all-in?
If you love this large amber tumbler, you can purchase it here from Audrey Would! Doesn’t it make a great vase?
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