PILGRIM CRANBERRY GLASS Pitcher with Optic Swirl and Applied Clear Handle
Offering a vintage hand-blown CRANBERRY GLASS PITCHER by PILGRIM GLASS of West Virginia, circa 1976 - 2001. The small pitcher has the distinctive optic swirl pattern. The rim of the pitcher is smooth and the applied crystal handle is very delicate and in the reed pattern.
Measuring about 3 ¾” tall, the pitcher will hold about 3 - 4 ounces of liquid. There is a pontil scar on the bottom.
The piece is in excellent condition and has no chips, cracks or repairs. Would be a wonderful edition to any collector's Pilgrim or cranberry glass collection---or for someone who is not a collector of glass, perfect for their morning cream.
History of Pilgrim Cranberry Glass: Pilgrim Glass Corporation was founded in 1956 by Alfred Knobler in Ceredo, West Virginia. During its early production years, Pilgrim primarily made crackle glass and art glass, similar to Blenko. However, in 1968, Pilgrim made its mark in the glass industry when it introduced some of the most beautiful colored glass in the world, Pilgrim Cranberry Glass.
Few companies could produce the hand blown cranberry glass successfully for several reasons. The glass was blown by mouth and shaped by hand so could not be made in large quantities. Secondly, it was often difficult to achieve the rich cranberry color as glassblowers added gold chloride to the molten glass during manufacturing—a very temperamental process. Additionally, the complicated process required multiple glass workers to produce one piece.
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