Sunday, June 8, 2014

Whimsies for every type of collector

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?

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