Appraisal for Early American Pressed Glass Punch Set

 

Early American Punch Glass BowlDiane asks:

Hi there,

Attached are several photos of my mother’s pressed glass punch bowl and associated cups (I am sending several others in a separate email). I’m sure you have seen many of these types of glass punch bowls in the past, I understand they are pretty common. My mother acquired this set in the early 80’s from a small antique shop in Temecula California. There are no markings that I can find on any of the pieces. I did some research on my own and this is what I “think” in know so far:

All pieces appear to be Early American Pressed Glass
The “sun purple” color appears to be authentic. My mother placed the set in front of window for at least 25 years but it was purple when she got it. She thought it was pretty.

Punch bowl

Manufacturer: McKee Glass Co.

Prescut: hand finishing to mold-patterned glassware

Date of manufacturing: circa 1909

Style: Yutec (AKA “Regal Star”)

Condition: Excellent (no chips, cracks or scratches that I can see – but several obvious bubbles)

Height: 6”

Diameter: 13.5”

Base
Manufacturer: Imperial Glass (or perhaps McKee…?)

Date of manufacturing: circa 1909

Style: Unknown (or perhaps Martec…?)

Condition: Excellent (no chips, cracks or scratches that I can see)

Height: 5.75”

: The base does not match the punch bowl and I was able to find an almost exact copy on Ebay (item 162333602090-Magnesium sun purple punch bowl pedestal). The base on the eBay photo shows a scalloped diameter at the bottom rim and my base is has a consistent diameter. Both bases have saw tooth edges. Which is the original and which is the copy, or could they both be original pieces from the same company, or could the base be the “Martec” style from McKee Glass?

10 Cups

Manufacturer: McKee Glass Co.

PRESCUT: hand finishing to mold-patterned glassware

Date of manufacturing: circa 1909
Style: Yutec (AKA “Regal Star”)

Condition: Excellent (no chips, cracks or scratches that I can see)

4 Cups
Manufacturer: McKee Glass co.

PRESCUT: hand finishing to mold-patterned glassware

Date of manufacturing: circa 1904

Style: Aztec (AKA “New Mexico”)

Condition: Excellent (no chips, cracks or scratches that I can see)

I also have one oddball Fentec cup (I have no idea why that one is in the collection except that it’s purple too.)

From what I have read it appears that sun-colored pressed glass is considered “damaged”. My mom wants to sell this set and always thought of it as a treasured antique of great value. EBay lists clear-glass punch bowl sets in a range from $90.00 to about $450.00. Here are my questions:

1. Does the sun coloration negatively affect its value?

2. Is this a matched set or not? If not, how does that affect its value?

3. Is this set an unmarked original or a reproduction?

4. Should I try to sell the 4 “Aztec” cups separately to a collector or just keep it as part of this unique “sun-colored” set?

5. What realistic Ebay sales price for the entire set?
I look forward to your appraisal soon.

Thanks

Diane

AW says: Hello Diane,

Let’s address your questions 1 by 1

1. Does the sun coloration negatively affect its value?

No, in fact, the “sun hued” purple is very desirable to many collectors.

2. Is this a matched set or not? If not, how does that affect its value?

It is not a perfectly matched set in as much as the base is different than the bowl,  It could be one of many companies, including one you’ve not mentioned above, which is Indiana Glass.

3. Is this set an unmarked original or a reproduction.

This set appears to be a turn of the century EAPG, aka pattern glass set.

4. Should I try to sell the 4 “Aztec” cups separately to a collector or just keep it as part of this unique “sun-colored” set?

I don’t think the cups would add much value to the set, so it would probably be best to sell them separately.

5. What realistic Ebay sales price for the entire set?

I would put the punch bowl on for $125, which in most cases would be high, except for the fact that this is a sun hued purple set.

I would think the 4 cups would sell for about $25 max.

 

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