Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Gillinder Glass and Novelty Easter Eggs

   I associate the Gillinder Glass Works with novelty items, especially their beautiful milk glass Easter Eggs. They did make some early American patterns, like daisy and button, barred star, and many leaf patterns but the majority of their pieces fall into the novelty category. Gillinder is well known for their ABC and figural plates, lion head ink stand, millefiori paperweights, and some toothpick holders, and, of course, glass eggs.

Shoe marked Gillinder Souvenir on bottom
  The Franklin Flint Glass Works was founded in 1861 in Philadelphia by William Thynne Gillinder. William was born in England and immigrated to the United States as a young man. Not long after opening his glass factory, he formed a partnership with Edwin Bennett. The first World's Fair to be held in the United States, was held in Philadelphia in 1876. The Centennial Exhibition was a major part of the World's Fair and William decided to build a working glass factory on the site. William's two sons, James and Frederick created glass items in their newly constructed blast furnace. Over one million people visited their glass factory and many people bought Gillinder glass for souvenirs. One report said that over 100,000 glass slippers were sold at the fair.



   Gillinder Glass Works encountered many problems during the next thirty years. In 1912, three Gillinder brothers, the grandsons of William purchased the Orange County Flint Glass Works in Port Jervis. They opened the new plant, Gillinder Brothers, in 1913. The Gillinder Glass Store still occupies space on this site.
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  Gillinder Glass is still in operation today, owned and operated by Charles Gillinder, the sixth generation of Gillinders. It is located at 39 Erie St, Port Jervis, NY 12771.  Tours and glass blowing demonstrations are offered Monday through Friday. Today the company produces industrial and technical lighting , such as airport runway lights and artistic enhanced illuminations. And today, antique Gillinder novelty items are collected and prized for their unique design and lasting appeal. The Gillinder Easter eggs make a lovely addition to your Easter holiday decorations.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Valentine Heart

Valentine gifts have always been a special personal way to communication between two people.  A Valentine with a heart in it signifies love. The heart was once thought to be the origin of all human emotion. Gifting a heart was considered a selfless act of giving everything to your true love. Show your special person your love with a unique or traditional heart shaped gift from Reuzeit Emporium!

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Unique Gifts

Heart Shaped Railroad Lock

Heart Shaped Trinket Box

Porcelain Cup with Hart Handle

Traditional Gifts 

Gold Heart Shaped Locket

Gold Heart Shaped Euilloche Locket

Hearth Shaped Locket Pendant

CharmValentine Love Bracelet

Charm Heart Bracelet

Heart Stick Pin

Heart Locket Necklace

Blue Stone Heart Necklace

Open Heart Necklace

Silver Double Love Knot Ring

Lady Portrait Pin

Rhinestone Open Heart Necklace

Post Card Gifts 

          Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Antique Souvenir Collectibles!

Souvenir is a French word for memory or remembrance.   People buy souvenir objects and take them home to remember a certain place, trip, activity or event that has special meaning to them.  In the late 1800's and continuing into the 1900's glass items  were a popular souvenir purchase.  Mementos could be bought from a World's Fair Exposition to a local county fair, and these souvenir glass items could be engraved, stamped or painted with the date and event or your name or a loved one's name.

Egg Flat Side, Columbian 1893 Exhibition World Fair Souvenir, opaque white, original top, produced for WL Libbey and Sons Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Bead and Scroll Toothpick Holder, US Glass Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Horrizontal Threads Toothpick Holder

Maybe you went to Atlantic City and walked along the boardwalk.  Several shops along your way would be advertising souvenir ruby stained glass.  You might browse the shelves and pick out a pretty pattern  in a small pitcher, mug, punch cup, toothpick holder or salt shaker and then have it engraved.  It was difficult to decide what to have engraved on the glass,  maybe just the words Atlantic City would be enough, adding  the date was important, and your name just to prove that you were really there. Sometimes there was so much engraving on the glass that the entire object was covered.
Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Diamond Peg Punch Cup,Jefferson Glass Co Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Punch Cup Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Ribbed Tumbprint Toothpick Holder, jefferson Glass Co 1907
At state and county fairs, a skilled artisan would hand paint flowers or other decorations that you requested on your purchase.  Hometown business, like  furniture stores, drug stores, general merchandise stores would order souvenir items from the glass factory with the name of their town and maybe their business stamped on the  glass.  Business would often give this glass away to good customers to advertise their business or people might buy a piece as a keepsake from their  hometown.

Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Corona Salt Shaker, Greensburg Glass Co 1894 Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Big Button Mug Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Beaded Swag Toothpick Holder, Heisey

Hand Stamped
Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Salt Shaker Antique EAPG Blue Tiny Optic Toothpick Holder, Jefferson Glass Antique Custard Tiny Thumbprint Toothpick Holder, Tarentum Glass Co

Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Heart Band Mug, McKee & Brothers Glass Co Antique Custard Shot Glass Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Blocked Thumbprint Band Salt & Pepper Shaker

Hand Painted
Antique Custard Punty Band Mug, Heisey Glass Antique EAPG Ruby Stained Heart BAnd Salt Shaker, McKee & Brothers Antique Custard Punty BandToothpick Holder, Heisey
Maybe the next time you are out and about on your travels, you'll decide to bring home a memento to remember that special time or place or you could decide to collect antique souvenir glass that has a special meaning to you.  Reuzeit Emporium has a nice selection of antique souvenir glass to help you get started.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry

Antique Rhinestone Dress ClipAntique and vintage rhinestone jewelry has become a very popular fashion accessory over the last few years. This current trend has increasingly been seen during fashion week runway events and in the personal attire of professional working women. It has also become a very wearable collectible that adds beauty and style to any ones appearance. Rhinestones are clear or colored glass that have been cut and polished to resemble or simulate diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. The name rhinestones originated in Germany where crystals were found in the Rhine River. These natural crystals, once cut and polished were early substitutes for diamonds.
Chechoslovakian Emerald Rhinestone Dangle Earrings Antique Round Rhinestone Pin Antique Art Deco Dress Clips
It wasn't long before the good quality natural quartz crystals became scarce and jewelers began to grind glass into a glass paste that could be molded and then heated. The outcome of this process was a dense glass with an opaque surface that didn't reflect the light very well. These stones became known as paste and were often wrapped on the underside with silver or copper foil to enhance the light reflection.
Vintage Rhinestone Earrings Antique Snowflake Rhinestone Pin Antique Pave Basket Pin
In the late 1800's, a new glass cutting technique and machine was developed by Daniel Swarovski that allowed the glass or stone to be cut with many facets.  Facets reflect the light and make the stones sparkle. The use of higher lead content and other chemicals in the glass batch also improved the glass clarity and its ability to refract light.This was the beginning of modern day rhinestones.
Vintage Blue Rhinestone Round Pin Vintage Sterling Czech Amber Rhinestone EarringsVintage Emerald and Clear Rhinestone Necklace and Earrings
Antique Clear Rhinestone Dress Clips Vintage Kramer Amber Necklace and Matching Earrings Vintage Clear Rhinestone Clear Choaker Necklace and Matching Expansion Bracelet

At first in the early 1950's, rhinestone jewelry was considered cheap costume jewelry until designers like Coco Chanel made it fashionable.  Her designs and influence made costume jewelry acceptable around the world.  When movie stars, Broadway actresses and the showgirls in the Ziegfeld Follies began to wear rhinestones jewelry, rhinestones became an integral part of American fashion for their glitz and sparkle.
Vintage Clear Rhinestone Bracelet Antique Photo Locket Watch Pin

Today vintage rhinestone jewelry is valued not only for its sparkle but for its quality of workmanship and its beautiful designs. Rhinestone jewelry always makes the perfect gift for that special someone. Or why not start your own personal collection today?
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