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International Carnival Glass Association Shapes Series • September 2005

Punch Sets By Richard Cinclair Photographs by David Doty

Not everyone wants to own and display a punch set because of the size. However, this writer thinks there is nothing more impressive in the Carnival Glass world than having a master Grape and Cable punch set with twelve cups set out on the dining room table. On the other hand, since so many of the punch sets do not have an interior pattern, they look great on the top of a six or seven foot cabinet. Looking up at a set is also impressive and besides, the cat is not as likely to sleep in the bowl when they are up high. Like most Carnival Glass, all of the major manufactures got into making punch sets with some rather impressive

results. Most of the Carnival Glass colors were used although at this writing a red set only exists in stretch. There, however, are a couple of red Fashion punch cups. Another desirable color, aqua opal was used as a color for the small Grape and Cable set (one reported) as well as sparingly with Acorn Burrs and Peacock at the Fountain. A master Grape and Cable aqua opal set would be something to behold, so keep looking! A final thought before looking at the punch sets is that all punch cups for Grape and Cable were meant to be the same size. There may be slight variance but there really is but one size punch cup.

Imperial Four Seventy Four This Imperial made punch set is limited in color to marigold, purple and an emerald green (sold at the ICGA convention in 2005). The emerald green set is spectacular and not a low dollar item.

Photographs Š David Doty

Northwood Memphis Northwood Acorn Burrs If you have trouble sleeping some night, picture a beautiful aqua opal Acorn Burrs punch set sitting in a dark antique shop with a price tag of “best offer over $100.” Now that might calm you into a blissful sleep or it may raise your blood pressure. Next your thoughts should go to the shop keeper saying “Oh, yes! My mom had five different colors and they are at home and yes, they are for sale.” The reality is that according to the colors of the known punch sets, they were made in marigold, green, ice blue, ice green, white, amethyst, aqua opal, and blue. A punch bottom and cup are reported in blue but not a punch bowl. All Acorn Burrs punch sets are desirable but are somewhat prone to chips because of the pronounced acorns sticking out on the pattern.

First, there is both a fruit bowl and base as well as a punch set. The difference can be seen by remembering that the fruit bowl collar base goes over the base whereas the punch bowl goes inside of the base. Colors for this set include ice green, ice blue, amethyst, green and white. A blue punch cup has been reported.

Northwood Peacock at the Fountain The marigold Peacock at the Fountain punch set is usually a magnificent pumpkin and is highly sought after. Other colors in this set include aqua opal, white, blue, ice green, ice blue, amethyst and Renninger blue. A green example is rumored! Each color is terrific and like Acorn Burrs this pattern is a favorite among collectors. None of these punch sets are cheap. An aqua opal punch cup brought $1,500 several years ago.

Imperrial Broken Arches Imperial made several punch sets including the pictured purple Broken Arches set. When Imperial made its best purple, it was spectacular and this punch set is often just that. It is a geometric design and only came as a punch bowl, base and cups. It also was made in marigold.

Imperial Fashion When you are in any antique mall, you are likely to find either a Fashion punch bottom or a Twins bottom in marigold. You might also easily find a Fashion Punch set. The punch bowl is found in a round top as well as a highly ruffled example. Punch sets are only reported in marigold, but punch cups are known in red, lavender and smoke.

International Carnival Glass Association • September 2005

Northwood Grape and Cable The largest of all Carnival Glass punch sets is the master or banquet size in Grape and Cable. The master size is spectacular and quite large. The total height is 14 inches, the punch base is 9 inches wide with a top rim of 6.5 inches wide. The punch bowl will vary in size a little but usually is about 16 to 17 inches wide. There is a mid-size punch set which is hard to find. The bowl is usually about 13 to 14 inches wide while the base has a width of 7 inches

and a rim size of 4 7/8 inches. Overall height is about 12 inches. Finally, there is a small size with a 10 inch top, a base width of 6.5 inches and a rim measuring a tad over 4 inches. To make matters more complicated, some punch bowls in both the mid and small size have non-ruffled sides giving the appearance a rather different look. Colors include aqua opal (1 reported in small size), ice blue, ice green, amethyst, blue, green, marigold, white and a rare smoke. Renninger blue and teal cups have been reported. Finally, some small and a few mid-size are stippled. None of the punch bowls have an interior design so some collectors like to display these sets on top of their six-foot cabinets. They are spectacular. Both the small and the mid-size come with six cups while the master requires twelve. One could devote an entire room to displaying Grape and Cable punch sets.

Fenton Orange Tree

Dugan S-Repeat Dugan made this pattern and it remains desirable. It comes only in a beautiful purple and is usually pretty.

White, marigold and blue Orange Tree punch sets are probably equally common. There is a rare green set or two reported. The tops come ruffled as well as round. The punch base without the top is hard to find and does not appear what you would think an Orange Tree base should look like. It looks like wheat sheaves to this writer.

Hobstar and Feather, Millersburg

Inverted Feather, Cambridge

Hobstar & Feather is a Millersburg entry into the punch set derby. Colors are marigold and purple although punch cups have been found in blue and in green. This is physically a large set with one variation — a tulip shaped top. The amethyst sets tend to have the tulip shaped top which goes up straighter and has several more pointed panels sticking up. The pictured set has the regular top.

Cambridge made Inverted Feather and it is seldom seen. Unlike Fruit Salad that only came as a punch set, this pattern is also seen on a cracker jar, a scarce powder, a parfait and a few other pieces. The punch set came in green and marigold. As unusual as it would be to find this punch set, it is not an especially expensive one. A marigold set usually would sell in the $2,000 range.

Fruit Salad, Westmoreland

Many Fruits, Dugan

Westmoreland made the pictured peach opal punch set. There is a lot of opal going down the side of the bowl, whereas the punch cups only have opal on the rim and handles. This set was also made in amethyst and marigold.

Once again, this pattern is also just made in punch sets. The pattern is dominated on the outside with grapes and peaches while there are cherries on the inside. Some collectors have used the base as a compote. The colors include blue, marigold, purple and white.

Orange Peel, Westmoreland Although at one time this punch set was thought to be Fenton, it was made by Westmoreland. This pattern is a simple yet elegant example of copying the fruit. With the all over stippling, the overlays of orange peel makes you almost think you can smell oranges. This set usually sells well under the $500 mark. Punch cups have been found in amethyst, aqua and amber but the punch set has only been reported in marigold.

International Carnival Glass Association • September 2005

ICGA Color Insert - September 2005 - Punch Sets  

This Insert focuses on carnival glass punch sets.

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