A cut above: Exquisite, brilliant Heisey

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Since every major Heisey pattern had at least one size creamer and sugar set, collector Tom Files need never be concerned of running out of a favorite Heisey collectible. He enjoys buying "orphans," then looking for their mates. Here are a few of his orphans. Top: "Locket on Chain" covered sugar; 6 1/2 inches high, 4 inches wide. 1896-1910 Bottom, L to R: Victorian creamer, Sahara; 3 inches high, 3 1/2-inch opening to spout. 1933-1953 Ipswich sugars in Flamingo and Sahara; 3 inches high, 4 1/4-inch opening to spout. 1931-1946 All photos are courtesy Tom Files.

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This three-part set of Moongleam consists of a 4 1/2-inch duck insert, 5 1/2-inch floral "block" and 11-inch-wide bowl. (1927-1933) When lower flower arrangements came into vogue during the late 1920s, something was needed to support the flowers ... thus the "block" to hold flowers in place. Bredehoft considers the #15 Duck to be one of the most interesting of several different blocks Heisey produced.
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Elephant: Lavender Ice; 5 inches high; Donkey: Caramel Slag, 7 inches high. Elephant souvenir for HCA by Dalzell-Viking, 1993; Donkey by Imperial out of Heisey mold; 1969-1978 Collector Tom Files' explanation for why the donkey Heisey produced was "in almost caricature form," while their glass elephants were "artful, very graceful"... "The Heisey family members were staunch Republicans!"
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Cobalt Blue (Stiegel): Tulip vase, 9 inches high; 1933-1937. #2 Madonna is rare. 11 inches high 1945-1952.
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Fairacre cologne in Moongleam with silver overlay. Moongleam was probably the company's first pastel color. Usually the silver overlay on Heisey was done later by other companies.
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This Yeoman nappy with floral cutting gets credit for starting the Files on their Heisey journey. 7 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide; 1913-1957
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Queen Ann 'sample' ice bucket; 7 inches high, 5 inches wide; 1938-1957. Files found 'sample' etched in 3 places on their ice bucket, "Evidently this piece was made for a salesman to show as he made his rounds."

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