Sunday, June 13, 2010
Real or Repro Part 2 - the answer!
But this is actually a "fake" Cheese dish. I say Fake because it was privately produced in 1976. And there are more "clues". The reason I call it a "fake" cheese dish is the bottom. The bottom of this is wrong - it's about 1/2 way between flat and a salad plate with a rim of glass to hold the top in place. This rim is thicker and holds the lid in the circle better. Well that's not how the original butterdish was. And while rumors abound of an ORIGINAL amber cheese dish, none have been reported. The original butterdish bottom has just a slight indentation and the lids "slid" around more...which accounts for how few survived in mint condition or even how few just survived in any condition.
And further if you look closely at the picture I put here, you can see the "join" where the side meets the patterned top. See how thick the "seam" is at the top of the side? The original flows over without that definitive line of thick glass
So what do I recommend?? Well Gene Florence includes a definitive "REPRODUCTIONS" section in his Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass. And he expands it as he gets wind of new reproductions. So I keep a copy of the current editon on hand for reference.
Thanks for playing along, come back soon. I'm sure I'll think of something to write about. Maybe the Iris and Herringbone reproduction tumblers.. if I can remember where I put them.