EAPG Glass

EAPG: Early American
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croesus glass
above: EAPG pattern
from Riverside Glass

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EAPG: A short explanation:

Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG for short) is clear or coloured pressed glass made from around 1850 until about 1914 in matched sets. Machines for pressing glass were invented in the 1820's, but it was not until the 1860's that they were improved enough to mass produce matched table services. Sets of glassware all in the same pattern became very popular, and these sets often included sugar bowl, creamer, butter dish, goblets, tumblers, pitcher, fruit bowl, berry dishes, and sometimes relish dishes, salt and pepper shakers, cakestands, bread plates, compotes, celery vases, and other household items.

There were thousands of patterns of EAPG, some produced in extensive sets and some with only a few pieces. Early writers on EAPG Glass gave names to many of these patterns, and some confusion was caused when they sometimes gave different names to the same pattern.

Hundreds of different manufacturers made EAPG, amongst the earlier ones being the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, Cape Cod Glass Company, and the New England Glass Company. Amongst the best known and some of the most prolific were Bryce Brothers, McKee & Brothers, US Glass Company, Fostoria, Hobbs Bruckunier & Company, Cambridge Glass, A. H. Heisey, and Imperial Glass Company. There were many many more.

The Glass Links page at http://www.glass.co.nz/links.htm has links to some excellent sites for identifying EAPG patterns. Many different companies produced EAPG, and some patterns were produced by more than one company, due to mergers, trading of molds, and copying.

EAPG has been very popular with collectors for many years. The covered sugar bowl above left is the Croesus pattern made by Riverside Glass Works, one of the most sought-after patterns. Some of the popular patterns have been reproduced, so buyers need to be careful.

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