Glass workers spent their “off” hours after completing their regular work schedule creating unusual glass objects known as whimsies. This includes candy-striped canes, paperweights, pipes, hats…the list goes on and on.
A whimsy can also be an item that is made out of a product that you usually don’t see it made out of. This can be something like a Fenton plate made out of hobnail pattern slag glass.
Whimsies were often taken home and given as gifts to family and friends. They can rarely be attributed to a specific glasshouse or glass worker. Some say that color or style indicates region or factory, but no one has come up with a perfect identification key other than to talk to the person that actually made the piece.
Highly collectible and usually pricey, whimsies can be a fun collectible. I have a great example of a whimsy in my Etsy shop, which can be seen here.
What examples have you found?