We’re at our final post about spirals and swirl patterns in vintage glass. We did not look at anything much before 1920, which left out a swath of Early American Pattern Glass with spiral designs because I have no expertise in that glass nor any pictures. That left us to look at US Swirl, Jeannette Swirl (aka Petal Swirl), Spiral from Hocking, Twisted Optic from Imperial, Diana from Federal plus Fostoria Colony, Duncan Miller Spiral Flutes and two Fire King patterns, Shell and Swirl. No doubt we missed something along the way!
Today I’d like to show you a few pieces that we had one or two of over the years.
This first pattern is from Heisey, their Spiral pattern in Flamingo pink. (The photo makes it look orange but this is a true, clear pink.) I have never seen more than this one piece we got at an estate sale.
Replacements shows only a few plates and a comport in Heisey Spiral in pink and green and my bowl is the only piece of Heisey Spiral listed on eBay in either color. Heisey made the pattern from 1926 to 1935, the height of the colored glass fashion.
I don’t remember how I identified this bowl, but it is marked so we had a starting point. Without a mark it would have been difficult, especially since we have not had much Heisey glass.
This next one is also from Heisey, the Waverly torte plate. Heisey made Waverly near the end of the company life and used it for popular etches like Orchid. I have seen quite a bit of it without any etched decoration. Unfortunately the wide open clear spaces scratch easily.
We don’t usually think of Waverly as a swirl pattern, probably because the little beads are more distinctive. The spiral optic adds a lot of looks as Waverly would be plain if the little beads on the rim were the only decoration.
This last one is from Monongah. Hocking bought Monongah in the early 1930s and I don’t know whether they continued making this pattern, called Spiral Optic. There is (or was) a gentleman named Jim who frequented the Chatabout site who knew spiral and swirl glass extremely well. He was as kind as he was knowledgeable and gave me the identification for this vase, Spiral Optic, made originally in green and clear. It is an interesting design with a lovely curved shape, flat rimmed mouth and spiral optic.
I hope you enjoyed the parade of spirals and swirls. Thank you for coming along with me!