Woody Auctioning Important American Brilliant Cut Glass Collections

Lots include punch bowls, ice cream trays, vases, decanters, more than 60 color pieces, and rare patterns including Pueblo, Wheat, Croesus, Richilieu, Coronet, Persian and Panel.
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One of the expected star lots is this ABCG round dresser box in a solid gold color with gilt metal fittings, attributed to Union Cut Glass and purchased from the Julian De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass, 3 -1/2” x 6-1/4”.

One of the expected star lots is this ABCG round dresser box in a solid gold color with gilt metal fittings, attributed to Union Cut Glass and purchased from the Julian De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass, 3 -1/2” x 6-1/4”.

DOUGLASS, Kan. — Several important collections of American brilliant cut glass are crossing the block at Woody Auction Friday and Saturday, March 27-28. 

Headlining the auction will be the collection of the late Steve Owlett of Pennsylvania, who gravitated to J. Hoare cut glass because his family tree included John Hoare; the collection of the late Dr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Dudgeon of Florida, featuring items that include a Dorflinger green to clear vase with gilded sterling top; and the collection of Roger, Lois, Randy and Deb Rasmussen of South Dakota. 

Lots will include punch bowls, ice cream trays, vases, decanters and over 60 pieces of color. Rare patterns such as Pueblo, Wheat, Croesus, Richilieu, Coronet, Persian and Panel all grace this auction, along with a wide array of other notable patterns. 

“Never has the statement, ‘We hope to see you there,’ been more appropriate,” remarked Jason Woody, owner of Woody Auction. 

Most of the auction’s expected top lots are on Saturday, but the Friday session has some gems, too, like the American Brilliant Cut Glass ice cream tray in the Wedgemere pattern by Libbey. One of Saturday’s stars promises to be the ABCG round dresser box in a solid gold color with gilt metal fittings, attributed to Union Cut Glass and purchased from the Julian De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass. The box boasts an incredible hobstar, vesica, strawberry diamond, cane, star and fan motif. 

“It’s the strongest and richest gold color item we’ve ever sold,” said Woody. 

Woody said another lot, a pair of ABCG candlesticks, 11 inches tall, having a spiral and teardrop body with a large square base cut in a Russian pattern, is the finest pair of candlesticks the auction house has sold in the past twenty years. Also offered will be a deep cranberry engraved to clear cut glass wine stem, signed “W. Fritsche,” with a wonderful floral garland and feather design. 

These two ABCG cut to clear turquoise vases will be sold as separate lots. One is 12” h, by Hawkes, in the Venetian pattern; the other is 13” h, and by J. Hoare, in the Russian and Pillar pattern.

These two ABCG cut to clear turquoise vases will be sold as separate lots. One is 12” h, by Hawkes, in the Venetian pattern; the other is 13” h, and by J. Hoare, in the Russian and Pillar pattern.

Woody said Owlett collected some truly outstanding examples by J. Hoare, which include a turquoise cut to clear lily vase in the Russian and Pillar pattern, with a large scalloped flashed hobstar foot; a red cut to clear basket in the Persian pattern, fully cut and boasting a continuous pattern cut handle with a pattern cut base; and an exquisitely cut decanter with pedestal in the Newport pattern, featuring a double facet cut ring neck, triple notched handle and scalloped hobstar foot. 

Other noteworthy lots include a turquoise cut to clear ABCG vase by Hawkes in the Venetian pattern; an ABCG round tray signed Hawkes in the Pueblo pattern (also known as Concentric Circles, one of the most desirable pattern and on an exquisite blank); and a BPCG rock crystal vase signed Webb and W. Fritsche, a fine example with a finely carved water, lily pad, bamboo and bamboo fruit décor, to go along with a superior quality blank. 

A preview will be held on Friday, March 27, from noon to 5 p.m. Central time in the Douglass Auction Hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, with the auction starting at 5 p.m. The auction on Saturday, March 28, starts at 9 a.m. 

Online bidding will also be offered at www.liveauctioneers.com/woody-auction-llc; bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance. 

Absentee bids will also be accepted, with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid, and the deadline is at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Absentee bids may be submitted by fax at 316-746-2145 or e-mail at info@woodyauction.com. 

For more information, visit www.woodyauction.com.