Some Early American Glass Bowls

The group over at Early American Glass Collectors on facebook have been posting and commenting on some gorgeous early American bowls from the primarily New England glass houses. These are wonderful pieces. So simple and clean. I can not help but to imagine what type of food would look best and would be served in each bowl. Enjoy.

For years, I tried to focus on bottles, flasks, and glass from the Connecticut glasshouses of Pitkin, Coventry, West Willington, Westford and New London. Then came MA, NY state, South Jersey and PA…Well, I do have a thing for Midwestern glass & bowls and here is a grouping of colors. The green bowl I feel is Western NY state, possibly Lockport, which I absolutely adore. – Rick Ciralli

5 inches wide, 2 1/8 inches across. Pontil, out-folded rim. Very light. Maybe used to serve “blueberry yogurt”. My only blue pan. – Charles Aprill

One of my older pics of a cool grouping. The footed bowl is Coventry! The finger bowl in the front? Glastonbury! The flared bowl in the right hand corner? Keene! And that little blue green open salt? – Rick Ciralli

Rick Ciralli, I think this is like your deep dish bowl with the rolled lip. The shard (which matches the lip identical) was excavated at the location of the Granite Glass Co in Stoddard. I am not 100% on it, but is fairly conclusive. This glass is also a little later (1860s) and much cleaner than the earlier Stoddard glass. Although, this one has a huge potstone in the rim…quality control was still an issue! – Michael George

An early New England bowl with a pour spout – John April

Color is King and welcome to the courtyard! A handsome thing from the Midwest? – Rick Ciralli

Here is one of the largest footed bowls attributed to Stoddard. It was once one of a pair that was passed down and together since the 1930. A good friend owns the other example. I uncovered the shard at South Stoddard… it is an identical match of this high sided bowl with a thick folded rim. – Michael George

It’s a greet bowl. Came of out one the McKearin sales at Pennypacker in the early 60’s. – Jeff Noordsy

I have a thing for BTM plates and bowls and here’s a small grouping of the hard to find small ones. GII-18 & a pair of GIII-23’s along with a blown and pressed whale oil lamp. Products of Sandwich, MA, circa 1825 – Rick Ciralli

The bowls both saw a lot of use and have tons of wear. They’re both a fairly deep “aqua” and the one on the right has a huge tubular pontil. – Woody Douglas

Early folded rim pale yellow bowl – John April

Four aqua bowls – Rick Ciralli

Two bowls, different forms, both Hartford County, 1800-1820. – Rick Ciralli

One of my bowls. I believe it’s Hartford County, 1800-1820 – Rick Ciralli

Tall aqua bowl – Woody Douglas

Pontiled green bowl with pour spout – Charles Flint

The small finger bowl in the middle resembles the Glastonbury bowl in Wilson’s NE glassmaking. Ex-Jessie Brainard collection. He had it as Glastonbury also. – Rick Ciralli

Color and character makes this one special – Michael George

All this talk about pans and bowls reminded me of this little gem 3 1/2″D, 12 ribs, probably Pittsburgh. – Jeff Noordsy

Large Midwestern covered bowl – Dave Maryo

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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