Goofus glass? ever heard of it?? Well I learned years ago at an auction what it was thanks to a fellow glass collector there.
Here's what Wikipedia says:
Goofus glass is pressed glass
which was decorated with cold, unfired paint in the early 20th century
in America by several prominent glass factories. Because it was
mass-produced and relatively cheap, it was given as a premium for buying
things, awarded as prizes at fairs. It was the first carnival glass, preceding the iridized product we refer to as carnival glass today.
Articles produced included plates, bowls, vases, oil lamps, dresser
sets, salt and pepper shakers and candle holders. The most common colors
used were gold, red, and green, with gold usually being the predominant
color. The exact etymology of the name is unknown, but likely stems
from the fact that the painted decoration wasn't very durable and people
felt that it was "goofy" or that someone had tried to "goof - us".
Indiana Glass Company in Dunkirk, Indiana
was possibly the most prolific producer goofus glass. Dugan Diamond
Company and H. Northwood were also notable producers of the glass. These
companies produced pieces which consisted of lines of pressed glass
known as intaglio and painted opalescent glass. These pieces are among the most highly valued items collectors seek today.
The term "goofus" has come to refer more to the use of un-fired
enamel decoration to a piece of pressed glass, rather than to the glass
itself. Paint decorated opalescent and milk glass
items are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Goofus glass". Painted
jewelry, items produced after the 1930s, and items produced outside of
the United States are not considered to be "goofus glass".
Goofus glass production came to an end around 1930, as the process for iridized glass was discovered and started being produced.
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