Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day from glass collector heaven

In early December one of two Goodwill stores in Cambridge prepared to close and every item in the store was priced at 10 cents. I bought home nine glass swans that I found in the store in an old box. Each swan was wrapped in a yellowed page from the March 3, 2002, Columbus Dispatch.
Cambridge is well known among glass collectors as it is home to the former Cambridge Glass Company that produced glassware here from 1902 to 1958.
Current glass manufacturers in Cambridge include Boyd's Crystal Art Glass, and Mosser Glass.
Earlier this year I visited Mosser Glass where they confirmed they made my swan salt cellars, from 1973 to 2004. Mosser Glass was established in 1971.
The swans are small, measuring about 3 1/2 inches from end of tail feather to tip of beak.
My cost was 90 cents for the lot! There are no markings. They're selling on eBay for about $10 a piece but I think I'll hang onto mine.

In 2014 Mosser opened a brand-new, 2,100 square foot showroom and retail store. It was my first visit ever to the store. Wow! I love that place.
I bought a six inch cake plate - black raspberry color - and a bell jar.
The cake stand and bell jar on display was filled with very small pink glittery ornaments. I came home and filled mine with these boxes of conversation hearts candy for Valentine's Day. My boys ate them all, weeks ago.
I also bought a small jade bunny on a basket as next week I am putting my snowmen away and decorating for Easter.
I have as many decorations for Easter as I do for Christmas, and the bunny is my latest addition to my collection.
I see a set of mixing bowls from Mosser coming my way. Now I just need to decide on a color.