Bob contacted me about his pitcher. The design is Florentine #2 or Poppy, a depression glass pattern from Hazel Atlas. Bob was excited that he may have found a previously-unknown piece, the amber footed pitcher. He said this has quite a bit of shelf wear.
Take a look and tell me what you think.
I believe this is a reproduction since the foot is flat and the color isn’t the pretty, darker amber color that Hazel Atlas made. I’ve seen only a piece or two of Florentine in amber, but it’s been quite different, more a softer, darker color, not so bright.
My trusty Gene Florence’s Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, 19th Edition says this about the Florentine #2 pitchers: “have been reproduced in an extremely dark cobalt blue, amber, pink and a dark green. Originally the pitcher was not made in these colors.” I have had several of the yellow pitchers in stock over the years and they all had a nice raised dome foot. This one is flat.
Florence gives another method to spot reproductions besides color is the flat foot and the width of the handle. The old pitcher’s handle is 3/4 inch wide and the new ones are 7/8 inch wide. That doesn’t seem like much but it’s actually enough difference to be noticeable in the picture where Mr. Florence shows them side.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think.