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Australian Daisy and Anjuna (aka Australian Daisy Variant)
Australian Daisy and Anjuna tumblers
These are two very similar tumblers, both in their pattern design and in their unusual shape.
On the left of the pair shown is the Australian Daisy tumbler; named for the country in which it was first found – Australia. The tumbler has four panels, each containing a stylised daisy-like flower, complete with leaves and buds. The tumbler is pinched in near the bottom and has a 6-point star on the base. It stands around 4.25 inches high.
On the right of the pair is a tumbler that features a variation on the floral theme, and has a similar, distinctive shape. This is variously known as Anjuna or Australian Daisy Variant or Australian Daisy and Shield (the “shield” refers to the motifs around the base).
The Indian maker is not known.
Why were these Indian tumblers connected to Australia?
Experienced collectors, John and Margaret McGrath of Australia, told us that, back to the 1930s when John lived on his parents’ farm, he recalled that “hawkers of Indian nationality travelled around in a horse drawn, covered wagon, visiting farms and country towns selling their goods from the wagons. Included in their range of goods were spices, balms, kitchenware, clothing and … glassware!”These visits were on a regular basis for many years and John believes that they sold iridized lustre glass.
In more recent times, containers of varied goods from India arriving in Australia frequently had iridised glass in them.
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