Amberina Glass

By Karen Parr-Moody

 

From 1883 to about 1900 a two-toned glassware called Amberina was patented by Joseph Locke of the New England Glass Company of East Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was created in a wide range of table and ornamental wares, including pitchers, tumblers, vases, berry sets, cruets, tankard, baskets and more.

 

Today, Booth T-103 at GasLamp Too has a premium collection of Amberina. In the photo, right, is a group of Amberina items from the booth. 

 

Considered to be a type of Early American Pattern Glass, Amberina is a color glass in which two shades are blended: the lower part is amber, while the upper portion is ruby. Some items included diamond designs and swirled ribbing, as with the vase in the photo, left.

 

The New England Glass Company produced Amberina extensively, then its successor company, the Libbey Glass Company of Toledo, Ohio, produced it, as well, going into the 1890s. Amberina glass was also produced at New Bedford, Massachusetts, under the name Rose Amber.

 

The Encyclopedia Britannica explains that Amberina’s base metal was an amber glass that contained some gold, and the tinges were developed by applied reheating. The glass was sometimes blown in molds.

 

Similar pieces of glass may be found in the Baccarat, Libbey, Plated Amberina, and other categories. Glass shaded from blue to amber is called Blue Amberinaor Bluerina.

 

Booth T-103 at GasLamp Too also has a nice collection of Peachblow glass, another ombré-shaded type of Amberina. It was made by several factories beginning in the 1880s and became extremely popular in 1886 when a 17th-century Chinese porcelain vase, called the Morgan vase, sold for $18,000. The Morgan vase was glazed in what is known in Chinese porcelain as “peach bloom,” and was considered one of the best such item ever made.

 

In the photo, right, is a Wheeling Peachblow pitcher, $1,390, with two Peachblow glasses, $180. This is an early American art glass that was made by Hobbs, Brockunier and Company of Wheeling, West Virginia. This type of glass would have been ranked among the nicest of the Victorian-era art glass (this pitcher was made circa 1886-1890).

 

In the photo, left, is a Peachblow pear, another of the items made in Wheeling, West Virginia ($800). While such items were popular, not that many of them have survived in excellent condition today. For example, these pears often are missing their delicate stems. Fortunately, this one has remained intact.

 

For the look of a peach coming into ripeness, Amberine is the glass. Prized by the Victorians for good reason, its beauty glows as much today as it did in the late 1800s.

 

 

 

 

 

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