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 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.

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