Glass Cane Whimsies

Glass canes and other “whimsies” can be seen at the Terwilliger House in the Village of Ellenville. Photo by Carol Nelson Falcone. Courtesy of Ellenville Public Library and Musuem.

In my continued effort to stay ahead of the curve and to look at other examples of Glasshouse Whimsies or End of the Day Glass, I developed this post and dedicate it to a rather unique whimsy and that is the glass cane, or as I have heard it also referred to, the Parade Stick or Baton.

Glass House Whimsies are non-production glass items made by the glass workers on their own time, possibly for their own use and enjoyment, or to demonstrate their ability with glass, or as a special presentation item.

I usually do not see many cane examples at shows or in my travels but I do remember seeing some at my fathers house in Delaware when visiting as a child. Usually placed in a corner and waiting for someone to walk over and ask, what the object was? I also imagine that these pieces are quite delicate and just waiting to be broken. Here are a few pictures and images I have found online. As usual, I ask for other cane examples for consideration in this picture gallery.

A collection of glass canes and whimsies – Antique Trader

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Glass Cane Gallery

Glass whimsies, including corkscrew style cane, glass chain, candy cane style cane, cane with brown streak running down centre, c. 1906 – 1908, Manitoba Glassworks – Manitoba Museum of Art

Very rare postcard showing a glass gaffers and his glass cane whimsy along with a award of some sort. You just don`t find cards like this ever! Judging from the cane I’d say its from the midwest. – Old South Jersey Glass and Antiques

Berkshire Glass Works cane from 1878. It’s filled with the pure quartzite sand they were so proud of. It was 99.98% pure, the purest in the world. – Charles Flint

Berkshire Glass Works cane from 1878 – Charles Flint

We bought them as a lot at an Estate sale here in Wa. – Tami Barber

Group of eleven Art Glass Cane Whimsies or Parade Batons comprising a colorless and amber glass example with twisted shaft and ball handle, two pale green examples with square shafts and twisted terminals, aqua example with square shaft and twisted handle, colorless glass example with a single cobalt cane, square shaft and twisted terminal and six colorless glass examples decorated with turquoise, opaque white and maroon swirls. Height of tallest 44 1/2 inches. – Live Auctioneers

Two clear glass whimsy or parade canes – Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper

Glass whimsy cane – GoAntiques

Band master’s cane whimsey, Montreal, c 1885, Delormier Glass Works – Canada Museum of Civilization

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps.
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