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Glass Was Made in Sandwich, Massachusetts


Q: Enclosed you will find a picture of a Sandwich Glass Co. threaded blue bowl and matching under-plate. I bought it a few years ago in Sandwich, Massachusetts, for about $130. The color is "electric blue" and the bowl stands 2.5 inches high and is 3 inches in diameter. The under-plate is 4.5 inches in diameter and 1 inch deep. Both the bowl and under-plate have ruffled edges. They are in mint condition. There is no information in my Sandwich book on the value.

A couple of years ago, I wrote to you concerning this piece, but I have misplaced your answer. Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

A: Sandwich Glass was founded in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1824 by Deming Jarves. It became the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. in 1826. They made free blown, free blown three-molds and pressed glass in clear and color. Nicholas Lutz, a master glassblower and designer, immigrated to the United States from France in 1869. He joined the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. in 1870 and developed his threaded and ribbon glass designs. He was also known for his beautiful paperweights and marbles. Your bowl and under-plate were probably two of his pieces.

Your bowl and matching under-plate were made around 1880 and would probably be worth $150 to $175.

Q: This mark is on the back of a plate that has six depressions and one in the center.

It is white and trimmed in gold and the edges are scalloped. It measures 8 inches in diameter. It was among my grandmother's things that I went through after she passed away.

I have no idea what it was used for, how old it is or if it has any value.

A: You have an oyster plate. Each depression is for an oyster and the center depression is for sauce. Oyster plates were very popular in the Victorian Era. Haviland and Co. made your plate. The firm was founded by David Haviland in France in 1842. In 1865 he established a factory that both produced and decorated porcelain. Prior to that, porcelain had to be sent to Paris to be decorated. Much of the wares were marketed for United States buyers. They continue to make exceptional porcelain in Limoges, France.

Your oyster plate was made around 1900 and would probably be worth $100 to $200.

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Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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