Collectors Facts - Ribbons and Overlapping Squares, Northwood
Previously Unknown Northwood pattern found in Carnival Glass
This fascinating item is a 6.5 inch, low, ice cream shaped bowl – and is shown here courtesy of Lance and Pat Hilkene.
The pattern is called “Ribbons and Overlapping Squares” and it is iridised with marigold on the exterior (reverse) of the bowl. It is “signed” with Northwood’s splendid N in a circle – so there are no doubts about the maker of this piece!
Our understanding is that this is the only known Carnival example of Northwood’s “Ribbons and Overlapping Squares” and we are grateful to Lance and Pat for allowing us to feature this scarce and unusual item.
“Ribbons and Overlapping Squares” was part of Northwood’s “Verre D’Or” line (literally meaning glass of gold) which was introduced in 1906. The glass typically had a heavy gold decoration on royal blue, amethyst, vivid green and ivory base glass. Some of the ivory items are reported to have a “faint iridescent sheen” (see “Harry Northwood, The Wheeling Years” by Heacock, Measell & Wiggins – which shows a “Shasta Daisy” low dish in ivory with an light iridescent sheen).
The design of “Ribbons and Overlapping Squares” has a look of Northwood’s “Star of David and Bows” which suggests that it may have been a precursor that Northwood later altered.
Bowl - low ice cream shape
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