New Martinsville Square Pink Elegant Depression Glass Etched Bowl
Isn't this pretty? It is line number 36 from New Martinsville Glass in a beautiful medium pink. It was sold to me as Cambridge and the photo wasn't too good so I was surprised and delighted to have a mystery on my hands.
Recently someone told me they had a whole set of this but never knew what it was. Since this was one of the more challenging id jobs lately, I thought you might like to follow the Glass Detective Lady as she solves tricky glass cases.
Several companies made square-ish glass, Fostoria's Mayfair, Central's line 1450, Paden City Crow's Foot and of course, New Martinsville. I started there.
This looked kinda sorta like a Paden City pattern I remembered seeing in my Paden City book. Nope. Not Paden City. Ruling out Fostoria and Central was easy since they didn't have the extra little nubs in the middle of the sides. That left New Martinsville.
Unfortunately my New Martinsville book is not as helpful as my others - the photos are sparse and some are hard to make out - and it covers the more extensive patterns. I use Replacements website for identification a lot but they didn't have this line. New Martinsville made similar shapes, one is called Fancy Squares but it has rounded scallops and corners, not these prominent little fingers in the corners and nubs on the edges.
New Martinsville Square Pink Glass Etched Candleholder
Somewhere in all this research I came across line 36 and noted it in my database but promptly forgot. (Hard to be a detective when you can't remember anything for more than 30 minutes.) I didn't have any luck finding the etch. A few weeks ago I got the bowl out again to list it and checked the Chat About Depression Glass pattern gallery. This is an excellent site backed by some true experts, and sure enough, there was my bowl. Mystery solved.
The silly thing is when I listed it I realized I have the amber center handled server in the exact same pattern identified correctly.