Grape & Cable Punch Bowl, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $1,500 (1998)
$800 - $1,200 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:33)
APPRAISER: Lorraine, thanks for coming by the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW today.
GUEST: Oh, thank you, my pleasure.
APPRAISER: Tell me a little bit about the punch bowl.
GUEST: Well, I don't know much about the punch bowl at all. It's been in the family. It belonged to my stepdad's grandmother. And all I know about it is that it came on the boat from Italy.
APPRAISER: It came on... It came over on the boat. On the boat-- what boat?
GUEST: ( laughs ) Don't know that.
APPRAISER: They didn't tell you that one, right? Well, that's an interesting concept because the punch bowl is definitely an American punch bowl.
GUEST: Oh, for heaven's sakes!
APPRAISER: And, yeah, so the stories that sometimes come down through the family are not always absolutely accurate. I think we'll take a look at this and I'll see if I can show you why this punch bowl is American. The best information we have about it is the fact that it is signed in the bottom of the base. There is an "N" underlined right in the center here and then there's also a repeat of the same mark which might be a little clearer for people to see which is also marked with an "N" in a circle, underlined. And the "N" stands for Northwood; which is a company that was in West Virginia. Northwood established this company after he had worked with a number of different companies here in America. This punch bowl is done in the grape-and-cable pattern. You can see that there are grapes-- bunches of grapes-- on it, with grape leaves. And then this little rope band across here is the cable and so Northwood called this his grape-and-cable pattern. It's a very decorative piece and very interesting that it has this kind of iridescence in the same way that a lot of American companies were making iridescent glass at the same period of time. This dates to about 1910, thereabouts. Northwood was trying to make a more reasonably priced glass and this is what is called carnival glass...
APPRAISER: Sometimes called poor man's Tiffany. And the iridescence in it is every bit as brilliant as some of the iridescence that we get on other kinds of glass. As you can see, the shine is wonderful and it can be even cleaned up and scrubbed if you want to to really bring out that decoration. The carnival glass name came from the fact that glass of this type was frequently given away at carnivals and fairs, things like that as a promotional thing to bring people into the carnival or into the Saturday matinee at the movies that sort of thing. So carnival glass is sort of a generic name for all of this kind of glass. We see probably more carnival glass than anything else...
GUEST: Do you?
APPRAISER: Here at the ROADSHOW in the glass area. A lot of it comes through. A lot of people have it. We're talking about a piece here that is common in some ways. It's common because of the design-- that is to say grape-and-cable is not a great rarity. Common in terms of its color. This is called marigold. And it's not the most rare of the group of carnival glass colors. If it were purple or green or even ice blue it would be more valuable.
APPRAISER: As it is, it's a nice piece of marigold, grape-and-cable carnival glass and its value is about $1,500, okay?
APPRAISER: Thanks for coming in.
GUEST: Thank you very much.
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