Tonight I have something for you from the Great Lakes Depression Glass Club meeting we went to yesterday. Jim Bistoff gave an excellent demonstration of a few of the fake Cherry Blossom pieces.
First, the most reproduced pieces are the dinner plates, cups, saucers and small berry bowls. I have personally had reproduction juice tumblers and have seen the reproduction pitchers but apparently these are less prevalent.
Here are Jim’s tips for saucers:
- There are five characteristics of authentic saucers; all real saucers will have all five of these. If your saucer lacks one or more then it is suspect.
- Saucer is no thicker than a nickel. Some real ones are even thinner.
- Edge is smooth, no offset or mold seam. I wasn’t sure what an offset was until the meeting. He had a repro saucer that had a definite bump on the edge of the seam.
- The flower design is in panels around the rim. On the real saucer the patten ends sharply near the edge and doesn’t become indistinct. They showed fakes that had grainy spots near the rim.
- There are 20 arches that go over the panels. These curve smoothly to a point.
- There is a small raised dot of glass that touches the inside edge of each arch.
- The arches on some reproductions are not clear at all. They look like three fingers.
- He didn’t know of any fake saucers that failed all five of these.
Would you like to attend a live webcast next Monday night to see how the Cherry Blossom saucers we have stacked up against these tests? I’m hosting a short Antiquing with Your Best Friend show at 8 pm Eastern time on October 4.
It will be available through the Vpype broadcaster on Facebook. This is brand new for me and I’m not completely sure how to tell you to get there. This may be the link: Try This Please. And if that doesn’t work, here is the link to my Facebook page where the invitation is: Face Book Page. (Can you tell that I’m about as techy savvy as my cat Billy Bob?)
The plate in the picture is an authentic dinner plate. The pattern is crisp; leaves are fully defined; it weighed under a pound.