Collectors Facts - Pot of Diamonds (aka Model 4), Cristalerias Papini
The covered sugar bowl illustrated above was acquired by Lesley Smith in 2007, and she contacted us to see if we could ascertain what factory might have made it.
Our first thought was that it looked like Eda Glasbruk's Svea pattern, but clearly there were too many differences and we needed to look elsewhere.
So we turned our search to South America, and shortly came across the catalogue illustration above right in the Cristalerias Papini 1934-5 Catalogue from Argentina. The item is indeed a covered sugar, and was simply called Model 4. The diamond pattern is repeated inside the lid (see photo below right), although in the catalogue drawing it appears as if it is outside. That was a device frequently used by a number of makers – and simply shows what the design looks like. A number of European makers sometimes put the design on the inside of the lids - we've speculated it could be for ease of wiping and keeping clean, the top of the item.
Shortly after this article appeared, we were contacted by Carol Sumpter who has a marigold example of the Pot of Diamonds (aka Model 4). You can see this item on the right, copyright and courtesy of Carol. A couple of days after that, we heard from Kenda Jeske, who also has a marigold example of this delightful little covered pot.
Thanks to Kenda and Carol for the updates.
Two images of the Pot of Diamonds aka Model 4, blue, and the inside of the lid. Both courtesy Leslie Smith.
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