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Is this a Greentown piece or a reproduction? We counted 12 whiskers on one side and 14 on the other. It's an odd combination of what looks like a caramel slag and green.
From "A Guide to Reproductions of Greentown Glass", 3rd edition, edited by James Measell:

"Greentown produced the Dog Head toothpick in amber, teal blue, crystal, chocolate frosted amber, frosted blue, frosted crystal and Nile Green, The reproduction dog head toothpicks came into the market in the early 1960s when St. Clair made them in amber, chocolate, cobalt, cobalt carnival, several shades of opaque green, and a brownish amber which was probably intended to simulate the authentic Golden Agate color. The authentic dog head has 12 whiskers on each jowl. There is no problem seeing each hole clearly except on the crystal examples. The left ear on the authentic dog head is complete while the reproduction ear has been cropped and squared off." It appears from the information given above that your doghead is most likely a reproduction. Thank you for your inquiry.


Is there a way to tell the real chocolate glass cactus toothpick from the reproduction?
The reproduction Cactus toothpick was first made in the early 1960s by St. Clair. They reproduced this item in numerous colors while the original Greentown toothpicks were made only in chocolate and crystal.

There are two slightly different authentic Cactus toothpick holders. Most have a row of small beads just below the top, but some authentic examples do not have these beads due to changes made to the mould. You will rarely encounter a crystal reproduction.

On the authentic toothpick, each bead around the Cactus pattern is uniform in size and is distinct and separate from each other. On the St. Clair reproductions, the beads are larger, indistinct and irregular in size.

For more information, check out the "Products" link on the website for information on the books that are available on Greentown Glass.


#2 is a carnival glass sawtooth dolphin. Thanks again
Your dolphin is most likely either a Summit or St. Clair reproduction. As far as we know, Greentown did not make the "carnival" color. It is easy to differentiate between the Summit and St. Clair reproductions and the authentic Greentown dolphin. Simply count the teeth on each side of the mouth. If you find 9 teeth on one side and 10 on the other, you have a Summit/St. Clair reproduction. If there are 10 teeth on each side, you may have authentic Greentown or Kemple/Wheaton reproduction. To check for Kemple/Wheaton reproductions, check the cavity of the mouth, if it goes straight down rather curving back toward the tail, it is a reproduction.


#3 piece of Greentown glass
Although manufactured during the same time as Greentown glass, this piece (in the Wild Rose with Bowknot pattern) was manufactured by The McKee Glass Works in Jeannette, PA.

It appears to be a bowl and there are three sizes list in the price list. The 4 5/8" sauce is valued at $75.00, the 7 3/8" bowl is valued at $150.00, and the 8 1/2" bowl is valued at $175.00.

This piece appears in the Greentown price guide because it is considered Greentown related due to its chocolate color.


I have a IGreentown glass choc glass (with some orange highlights in the glass) holly patterned butter dish...I have not been able to find anything like it on line.
What is possible worth of the pc?
Thank you for your time!
The Holly Butter Dish was not made in chocolate by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company. Your dish was most likely made by Summit Art Glass in the early 1980s. I do not have the expertise to suggest a value for this piece.


I have a golden agate butter dish with domed cover, mint condition, it has a holly pattern. wondered if you knew the value? Has been in the family for years and told it was very valuable. thanks
In the early 1980s, Summit Art Glass reproduced the Holly Butter Dish in crystal, vaseline, cobalt blue, strawberry tangerine slag and chocolate. Summit butter dishes have amber undertones which may simulate Golden Agate. Most authentic butter dishes have a small button surrounded by small beads on the outside bottom of the butter dish. Some of the early reproductions had a V in a circle in the very top inside of the butter dish lid. If in fact your butter dish is an authentic Greentown Golden Agate Holly piece, the value for mint condition would be $1200.00 according to the 2010 Price History and Guide.




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