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Here are a few off items which do not easily fit into the series categories, and (for want of space) some kitchenware. There are collectors of vintage kitchenware rather than Crown Crystal, who might be interested to know about the origins of their glassware. Uranium green orange and lemon squeezers are often bought by overseas buyers for exhorbitant prices, which has pushed the overall prices up.



I've seen this piece described as an inkwell or a jampot, but I can only find one with the rectangular centre in the catalogues. Some are available with a rectangular shaped centre - these are cigarette boxes.



These are probably not made by Crown. Commemorative mug for a royal visit in 1949 which never eventuated, because of the illness of King George VI. A second visit, planned for 1952, was cancelled when King George died. Chris Stewart has pointed out the similarity between these pieces and the Davidson "V for Victory" and "Festival of Britain" mugs shown on his Davidson glass site. Another theory was that they had been made in the AGM Spotswood factory in Melbourne, but this now seems less likely.


© Dianne Pickering

This is one of the more spectactular commemoratives around, celebrating the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As well as this basket dish, three rectangular paperweights were made to commemorate the occasion, the smallest of which has blue paint on the back.


© Dianne Pickering


20 cm diameter green salad bowl. The fruits range included apples and cherries (illust), pears, strawberries, grapes and what look like blueberries. The series seems to have been influenced by the EAPG pattern New Martinsdale "Cherries". Doug Russell tells me that this series was commissioned by the department store Farmers.


The Pears and cherries design from the same series.


This pattern looks very like no. 165 Coffee Goblets. However, I've just come across another, with a thinner stem, without the star base and a slightly bluer clear glass. I do not know whether the pictured goblets are an American make in the EAPG Honeycomb pattern, or whether they are both Australian, the second from a remake of the mould without the star base.


And here is how they look under long wave UV. They do not glow at all, unlike most early Crown Crystal, which has a gentle yellow glow under UV.


Sugar no. 158 and matching creamer, in citron. This pattern seems to be heavily influenced by the American company Indiana Glass's Quadruped. Quadruped was only made in flint and ruby stain, whereas Crown made their reproductions in pot metal, and have been found in rosalin, lettuce green, citron and clear. On many occasions from the beginning of the companies, AGM and WJ Smith travelled to the US and Europe to bring over workers. I do wonder now whether some of the old moulds came back with them. See Controversies. Thanks to Marion Boetje for the use of the photograph.

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