Bluerina glassware. What is it? You will most likely have seen in passing the very popular Amberina glass, a two-toned red/amber glassware originating in the late 1800s. It was patented by Joseph Locke of the New England Glass Company as a result of others trying…
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If you’ve been following along on Audrey Would!‘s Facebook page, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter you will have seen the teaser posts! Yes, we were playing around with hand carved ice cubes, and we did enjoy a classic cocktail over a cube or two! You’re dying to…
I recently listed this amber coloured Indiana Glass compote over at Audrey Would, and wanted to address a little confusion that surrounds this popular pressed glass piece.
There were two variations of the scalloped-rim design produced in a range of colours. This amber option is referred to as ‘Garland’. The other design is commonly known as ‘Teardrop’ and it features single droplets opposed to these clusters of three. The interesting thing is neither one, Garland or Teardrop, represent the actual patterns Indiana Glass produced between 1940 and 1970 by those names, and yet Indiana glass marketed this piece by the pattern names! Confusion.
And just to add to the confusion… this stand-alone piece was also marketed as the ‘Decorator Bowl’ and sold at home parties by Tiara… back in the day! Simply put, this bowl was made to be decorative and is in name-only part of either pattern line. Further, it’s understandable why there’s this much confusion, because the packaging says so! If you are lucky enough to find this piece with its original box, you will see ‘Garland’ right on the box itself. Why wouldn’t you think that was the pattern name?
Just for fun, here are a few mock-ups featuring how versatile this decorator bowl with its history is!
Celebrating Mr. J. Donald Burke, and sharing this post with gratitude… Some of you might remember this pair of vintage silver goblets I featured over at Audrey Would! A beautiful boxed set nestled in turquoise satin by silversmiths, Burke and Wallace. Today it is my privilege and honour to share a little…
When sourcing pieces for Audrey Would! my eye is typically taken to items I like. In retail that’s not always best practice, but with this vintage niche I find it generally works for me. Awhile ago I featured this pretty amazing statement piece. It’s a silver plated punch bowl by Towle, and I…
It’s no secret, we have our own bar cart and are having fun learning the art of cocktail mixing. But did you know that after a day of treasure hunting, my Mr. always gets first dibs on the barware pieces I’ve managed to find?
About 2 weeks ago this little jigger made its way through our door, and will be staying in our home collection.
This piece is a 1940s Trap Jigger by Fay, made in Japan. It’s a 3/4 oz measure, and the way it works is to rest the Bakelite knobs on the rim of the glass (don’t let go of the jigger!), press down and a trap opens up to release the spirit you’ve measured out!
When it comes to cocktail mixing it’s all about the details. When it comes to vintage barware, it’s all about design!
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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!
We’ve been having a ton of fun over here at Audrey Would! mixing up classic cocktails and pairing them with vintage drinkware. If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know what Clemens and I have been up to! This year our cocktail pick for Valentine’s Day…
Some of you might remember this vintage brandy warmer I featured a few years back… It was a gift to my husband – I wrote about it along with some of its history in this post. Since then a lot has happened including the inception of Audrey Would! If you follow…
At Audrey Would we are always on the lookout for unique vintage pieces, and when we find pieces that are Canadian vintage we are eager to learn more.
When these limited edition Acadian Distillers whiskey glasses were sourced I was advised they were Culver glasses.
Culver Glassware, founded in Brooklyn, NY in the late 1930s, produced more traditional patterns earlier on until the late 1950s when they collaborated with Georges Briard to produce his gold screened patterns. These Acadian whiskey glasses certainly fit a more traditional profile for what we now commonly connect to Culver style.
When Culver moved on from their work with Briard they began to produce more contemporary designs under the Culver label, and become known for their top secret process of heat firing highly decorative, thick, textured and opulent 22k gold patterns. Culver’s designs gave ‘dripping with gold’ a whole new context in the world of glassware!
Here you see an example of a signed Culver piece in their very popular 1960s Valencia pattern.
So how does Culver’s history and Acadian Distillers mesh? Well we know Culver’s earlier pieces are hard to identify as they were left unsigned, and we know Culver started producing gold embellished glassware in the late 1950’s. Acadian Distillers was founded in 1957, so it is quite possible that Culver created these limited edition glasses for the Distillery.
The decorative style to these glasses, especially in the raised 22k gold design feel very Culver. And… in the late 1960s Culver became ‘the’ designer of choice for the up-and-coming as a result of their Valencia pattern’s popularity.
For Acadian Distillers, up-and-coming was a perfect fit! Founded in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia during the heart of its boom time, they were one of the largest employers in the community, producing Acadian Signature and Old Canada 8 YO Blended whisky. To quote the Chronicle Herald,
Bridgetown, a town that once hummed like a well-oiled, money-making machine of factories, shipbuilders and merchants…
I think this quote captures the vibrant prestige of not only Acadian Distillery at the time, but why Culver would be ‘the’ choice to produce custom designed glassware for Acadian.
However, I was unable to find any information to verify these glasses as Culver specifically… even in spite of the good fit!
Do you know anything about Acadian Distillers? How about this collectible set? Find more information to purchase them here!
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All photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!
Did you know the once popular psychedelic spaghetti lamps of the retro 1960s-70s strung their style into cocktail glasses, too? That’s right. Coined ‘spaghetti string’ glasses, these vintage roly poly glasses are from the Shat-R-Pruf line made by Colour Craft Corporation out of Indianapolis. Shat-R-Pruf pieces…