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McKee Glass - Part 2
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TREE of LIFE - CRACKLED Small 6 in. Basket
TREE of LIFE - CRACKLED Small 6 in. Basket

TREE of LIFE - CRACKLED

揥hat's In A Name??/I>

Early Rose Presznick books say this tiny 6?marigold basket was made by the Portland Glass Co. and names for it are 揅rackle? 揟ree of Life? and 揝piderweb?

Sherman Hand's Book II identifies it as 揝piderweb-Soda Gold?

Carl O. Burns named it 揟ree of Life-Soda Gold?in his Dugan/Diamond Book and declares it to be of Diamond origin.
Since most of us do not own all the books available with information surrounding Carnival Glass, there may come a day when we can correlate findings to a better degree and arrive at agreement on 搘hat's - what?in connection with several mysterious examples. This is one of the pieces not given much respect in auctions and price guides. Although it makes a nice contrast to some of the larger, more expensive pieces of marigold, prices seen on these baskets in malls and shops is usually in the $20-$30 range.

As you will note, we have given the basket a name which we feel is more appropriate to its true manufacturer. McKee produced 揅rackled?glassware in various shapes/types during 1927-1929, as confirmed by Butler Brothers ads, as well as the larger ad verifying the maker, which is included in the Complete Book of McKee by Sandra McPhee Stout.

Personal opinion is the true American way, as is not agreeing with the opinion of your peers. True to form is the fact that we do not need to adhere to any foregone conclusion. Bearing all this in mind: I herein state my case.

 
HALLOWEEN - (CRACKLED) - perhaps in the Grecian iridized line. - Courtesy Ardonna Bucher
HALLOWEEN - (CRACKLED) - perhaps in the Grecian iridized line.
Courtesy Ardonna Bucher

HALLOWEEN - CRACKLED?: Ardonna Bucher found this container some years ago, and wrote an article about it for the San Diego newsletter. No confirmed producer has ever been revealed, but as we delved into research for this segment, it became fairly evident that in reading the options available to purchasers of the 揅rackled?examples, this could well fit the category of McKee CRACKLED Glass. We place this mysterious piece with other 搇ook alikes?on a contingency basis. Should someone have more 揷oncrete crackled?information as to pattern厖?.please let us hear from you!

 
HALLOWEEN Tumbler - 4 .25 in. tall, from the Don Kime collection. - Photo Courtesy Jerry Kudlac
 HALLOWEEN Tumbler - 4 .25 in. tall.
Photo Courtesy Jerry Kudlac.

HALLOWEEN - CRACKLED?: This tumbler from the collection of Don Kime fits the category surrounding the covered container. Such items as these never seem to turn up in a carnival glass auction. Jerry Kudlac has photos/listings of Don's tumblers and very graciously forwarded this example for our viewers. We wonder whether anyone has a pitcher trimmed in black, to match the tumbler?

 
HALLOWEEN-(The lid does not appear to belong on pitcher.) Courtesy Eddie Novac.
HALLOWEEN - (The lid does not appear to belong on pitcher.) Courtesy Eddie Novac.
 
HALLOWEEN Flared style tumbler
HALLOWEEN Tankard
HALLOWEEN Flared style tumbler - 5.25 in. tall.
Courtesy Bob Smith
HALLOWEEN Tankard -
9.5 in. tall x 6 in. base x 4.25 inches rim to spout

HALLOWEEN Tumbler: The flattened and flared opening on this taller tumbler is somewhat unusual. Included in the collection of Bob Smith, we appreciate his interest in providing the photo to share with viewers. Perhaps use as a small vase could be derived from this shape, as well.

 
Said to be made by McKee. Grecian iridized smokey blue candy jar
TREE of LIFE-CRACKLED
Said to be made by McKee. Grecian iridized smokey blue candy jar-9 in. tall--unmistakably
CRACKLED
TREE of LIFE-CRACKLED
7.5 in. tall - 1920s-30s

GRECIAN URN - CRACKLED: The gray knob and foot on this piece leads us to believe that with the option of changing color of handles, etc. this jar could well be in the same category as the Halloween example.
CRACKLED CANDY JAR: This style is found with Tree Bark, etc. for outer design, but close observation of this example, clearly places it in the McKee line. Obviously several different manufacturers have used this same style mold.
 
White TREE of LIFE-CRACKLED
MID-WINTER 1927 Butler Bros. Catalog
White TREE of LIFE-CRACKLED- 8.25 in. tall
iced tea set  
MID-WINTER 1927 Butler Bros. Catalog
TREE of LIFE - CRACKLED Tumblers
TREE OF LIFE-CRACKLED - water pitcher in marigold
TREE of LIFE - CRACKLED Tumblers
Catalog ad refers to this shape as (touraine).
TREE OF LIFE-CRACKLED - water pitcher in marigold
White and Marigold CRACKLED PITCHERS and TUMBLERS are a repeat of those seen in both sale ads.
 
Seen in April 1929 Butler Bros. Catalog, as well.
Seen in April 1929 Butler Bros. Catalog, as well.

Dean & Diane Fry -- 10/05

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved expressions
 of childlike trust found anywhere in the world.
Speculation has it that David wrote this song
while a shepherd boy tending his father's sheep.
Others feel that he more than likely wrote it late in life ---
following all sorts of trials, and tribulations.
In any case, it reflects much more than the boyish faith of a
youngster beginning his journey through a life with God.
It exemplifies the settled assurance of a heart that has
experienced God's faithfulness and care for a lifetime.



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