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Brilliant cut glass shines in May 12 St. Louis sale

A Brilliant Period cut glass crescent-shaped vase on a pedestal is one of nearly 400 lots coming to auction May 17 through Woody Auction.
Rose Diamond pattern brilliant glass

Scarce brilliant period cut glass vase in Rose Diamond pattern by Meriden, 11 3/4 inches tall. (Photos courtesy Woody Auction)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Several collections of Brilliant Period Cut Glass featuring various pieces will come up for bid May 12. Woody Auction will hold a major public auction at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport Hotel. The sale starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. CST.

“This auction is the continuation of the Bill Chandler collection, boasting many important pieces, and will also include the addition of the Stanley and Ruth Gotliffe collection out of New Jersey,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kansas. “We believe attendees will be surprised and wowed by the amount of quality color cut to clear glass. Many large pattern trays will also be offered.”

As with all sales throughWoody Auction, every item goes to the highest bidder, without reserve.

Pair of Brilliant Cut Glass Vases Piquing Interest

An example of the overall quality of the catalog is visible in lot 200: a pair of Brilliant Period Cut Glass (BPCG) vases by Dorflinger – one cranberry and one green, both cut to clear – in a pattern featuring engraving with floral with hobstar, vesical and nailhead diamond highlights. The pattern of the vases matches exactly a vase featured in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a gift to the museum by Dorflinger & Sons in 1903. The exceptionally rare vases each stand 11 3/4 inches tall.

Another star lot in the vase category promises to be the rare and colorful 10-inch-tall BPCG turquoise cut to clear vase with crosscut diamond, strawberry diamond and fan motif and scalloped hobstar foot.

Other vases of interest will include a scarce example in the Rose Diamond pattern by Meriden, 11 3/4 inches tall with a hobstar base and step-cut neck, of exceptional quality; and a BPCG pedestal crescent vase, signed Libbey in the Herringbone pattern, with a large scalloped petticoat hobstar foot. In addition, the vase, at 12 1/2 inches tall, is the largest size in one of the rarest shapes.

Round Pattern Trays Plentiful

Authentic American Brilliant Period Cut Glass round pattern trays are abundant, with many having

Round pattern tray

Brilliant Period Cut Glass round pattern tray, 11 inches in diameter, signed Hawkes in the Panel

exquisite blanks and cutting. Lots will include an 11-inch tray, signed Hawkes in the Panel pattern; an 11 3/4 inch tray in the Waldorf pattern by Clark (aka the Quatrefoil & Rosette pattern); and a 10-inch tray, signed Hawkes, in the Lattice and Rosette pattern.

Additional BPCG round pattern trays will feature a 12-inch tray in the True Trellis pattern by Egginton, patented on Feb. 4, 1908; and a 15 1/2 inch tray signed Libbey in the Diana pattern, of superior quality and outstanding size; a 14-inch tray in the Wedgemere pattern by Libbey. Also up for bid will be a 17 1/2 inch by 10 1/4 inch BPCG ice cream tray, signed Taylor Brothers in the Bellevue pattern, of top quality.

Brilliant Period Cut Glass pitchers include a rare water pitcher of high quality in the Panel pattern by Hawkes, with a triple notched handle and hobstar base, 10 1/4 inches in height; and a cranberry cut to clear pitcher in the Savoy pattern by Pairpoint, with double notched handle, hobstar base, Gorham #S130 sterling spout and collar, and quality blank. In addition, the pitcher stands 10 3/4 inches tall.

Variety of Patterns Represented

Other highlight lots will include a BPCG ice cream set in the Star pattern by Meriden, with a 14 3/4 inch round tray and eight 7-inch plates; a scarce BPCG banana bowl, signed Libbey in the Marcella pattern, one of the great rarities; and an equally hard-to-find bowl in the Imperial pattern by Hawkes, measuring 4 inches by 9 1/4 inches.

Online bidding is available at Internet bidders should register at least 48 hours in advance of the auction. All absentee bids must be received no later than May 10. Bids may be faxed to 316-746-2145 or e-mailed to Finally, to learn more about Woody Auction and the May 12 auction, visit

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