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Gay Fad Era --
Other Companies

During the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s there was an explosion of hand-painted (also called hand-decorated) glassware. Fran Taylor’s Gay Fad Studios was probably the most famous of the glass decorating companies, known for its beautiful high-quality work and unique frosting that feels satin smooth to the touch, but there were other decorating companies, too, such as the Washington Company, Charleton, and Hansetta-Artware. Some of the glass manufacturing companies, such as Federal Glass, Libbey Glass, Dunbar Glass, Bartlett-Collins, and Imperial Glass, had their own inhouse decorating departments.

Nowadays, you see lots of glassware advertised as being Gay Fad pieces when they’re really not. Worse yet, beware of pieces advertised as being in the “Gay Fad style.” Just because a piece is hand painted does NOT necessarily mean it was hand painted by Gay Fad! Many designs produced by other companies are strikingly similar to Gay Fad designs.

I have seen all of the pieces on these “Gay Fad Era” pages attributed to Gay Fad, but since none of them carry the Gay Fad signature or insignia and had no Gay Fad label on them when we acquired them, and since I’ve never found these designs in any Gay Fad catalog, advertisement, or price list, I’m certain that they are not Gay Fad designs. This does not, of course, detract from the beauty or value as of these pieces as examples of vintage hand-decorated glassware.

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Set of 8 Federal frosted fruit zombie glasses

This is a set of 8 beautiful tall frosted zombie glasses produced by Federal Glass that is made up of 2 each of four different hand-painted colorful fruit designs that I’m calling Cornucopia, Grapes, Pink Pineapple, and Oranges respectively, although each design contains multiple fruits. This is Federal’s own Fruit design decorated by their inhouse decorating department and shown in the Federal 1963 Decorated Glassware catalog. Glasses stand 6-3/4" tall with a diameter of 2-1/2" and make you feel refreshed just by looking at them! Great size for iced tea, lemonade, or even a Tom Collins. All eight glasses are in outstanding condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratching, or paint loss. Require hand washing to preserve the finish and paint. Should you already have a partial set of these gorgeous glasses and are trying to complete your set, be sure to see our individual glasses listed immediately below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $100.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

Federal “Cornucopia” zombie glass

This is a tall frosted fruit glass produced by Federal Glass and hand-painted in a colorful fruit design that shows raspberries, pineapple slices, and cherries emanating from a cornucopia. Glass stands 6-3/4" tall with a diameter of 2-1/2". Perfect size for iced tea, lemonade, or even a Tom Collins. We have two of these glasses and price is for each. Both are in outstanding condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratching, or paint loss. Require hand washing to preserve the finish and paint. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 each + s/h and insurance

 

  only 2 available

 

Federal “Pink Pineapple” zombie glass

This is a tall frosted fruit glass produced by Federal Glass and hand-painted in a colorful fruit design made up of lemons, cherries, strawberries, and a large pink pineapple. Glass stands 6-3/4" tall with a diameter of 2-1/2". Perfect size for iced tea, lemonade, or even a Tom Collins. We have two of these glasses and price is for each. Both are in outstanding condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratching, or paint loss. Require hand washing to preserve the finish and paint. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 each + s/h and insurance

 

  only 2 available

 

Federal “Orange” zombie glass

This is a tall frosted fruit glass produced by Federal Glass and hand-painted in a colorful fruit design made up of limes, cherries, strawberries, and oranges. Glass stands 6-3/4" tall with a diameter of 2-1/2". Perfect size for iced tea, lemonade, or even a Tom Collins. Outstanding condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratching, or paint loss. Requires hand washing to preserve the finish and paint. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Fire-King covered refrigerator dish

Here’s a great vintage Fire-King lidded refrigerator dish that measures 8-3/8" x 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" tall and is made of translucent milk glass called Anchor White, Fire-King being a division of Anchor Hocking. Both sides feature colorful hand-painted peaches, grapes, and leaves, and here’s where the fight begins as to whether this is a Gay Fad design or not. It’s not! Virtually all vintage Fire-King milk glass pieces decorated with hand-painted fruit are attributed to Gay Fad, and I thought so, too, until I did more research and discovered the Washington Company of Washington, PA. This decorating company started in the mid-1940’s about the same time as Gay Fad did, but outlived Gay Fad by at least 15 years. As early as 1956, Washington Co. was advertising their “Vintage” design on translucent white “oven glass” that definitely looks like Fire-King, although of course no decorating company advertised the companies that produced the glass “blanks” they decorated. The Washington Co.’s Vintage design has many fruit components, including pears, peaches, grapes, plums, and cherries. How many of these components appear together on any given item depends on the item’s size. A coffee mug might feature only a single piece of fruit, while a salad bowl or a refrigerator dish usually combines two or more fruits together into one design. A 1965 Kroger coupon book picturing the “hand-painted ovenware” that people could get each week as freebies or at drastically reduced coupon prices says the design name is “Vintage” and the pieces are hand-painted in Washington, PA, although the book doesn’t specifically mention the Washington Co. or say which glass company made the ovenware. However, our refrigerator dish is one of the pieces shown in that coupon book! So our refrigerator dish was decorated by the Washington Co., not Gay Fad.

The circular bottom mark on our dish says “Fire King Ovenware, Made in U.S.A.” and carries the number 12. The clear glass lid features a 1/2" beaded border around its innermost raised rectangle and is marked “Fire King Ovenware” inside plus the number 9. When lidded, this refrigerator dish is 3" tall. The leftmost brown stem on one side of the dish has lost some of its brown color over the years, but other than that, both the dish and its lid are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks. See our coordinating bowl listed immediately below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Fire King #9 bowl

This medium sized mixing or serving bowl coordinates with our lidded refrigerator dish listed immediately above, and is also shown in the 1965 Kroger coupon book as being the Washington Co.’s Vintage design hand-painted in Washington, PA. It stands 3-1/4" high with diameters of 7-3/8" at the rim and 3" at the base. It’s made of translucent milk glass called Anchor White, Fire King being a division of Anchor Hocking, and features three hand-painted fruit designs: a peach and stem of cherries, a pear, and a stem of grapes, all with leaves. Bottom is marked “Fire King Oven Ware, 9, Made in U.S.A.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of color. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Hand-painted salad set

This lovely clear glass salad set consists of a large salad bowl and matching vinegar and oil cruets, all three pieces featuring beautiful hand-painted fruit  and gold gilding. The heavy v-shaped salad bowl stands 6" tall with diameters of 10-3/4" at its gilded rim and 4-3/4" at its thick glass base. The three fruit decorations of peaches, pears, cherries, and grapes match the design on our refrigerator dish and mixing bowl listed immediately above, so are undoubtedly yet another iteration of the Washington Co.’s Vintage design. The coordinating vinegar and oil cruets stand 5-3/4" tall, rising to 6-1/4" when stoppered, with diameters of approximately 1" at their mouths and 2-1/4" at their bases. They are decorated with peaches and pears and have gold gilding on their handles. In a 1966 trade publication advertisement, Washington Co. showed salad sets consisting of large v-shaped bowls and coordinating cruets in a variety of patterns, one of which looks like this one. The salad bowl appears to have a gilded rim, but since it’s a black and white picture, it’s hard to tell. Our bowl is unmarked and the cruets are marked only with the numbers 11 and 16 respectively. All three pieces are in exceptional condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks and no loss of color to the fruits. Gold gilding is virtually pristine with some tiny fleabites on the bowl rim. A truly outstanding salad set that has been well taken care of over the decades. Be sure to hand wash them to preserve both the paint and the gilding. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Set of 8 Virginia cardinal & dogwood glasses

If you’re from Virginia or have special ties to that beautiful state, you’ll love this set of 8 Anchor Hocking frosted zombie glasses depicting Virginia’s state bird and state flower. A brilliant red cardinal with black accents and outline sits on a branch amid dogwood blossoms painted in two shades of green with red tips. Green lettering above says “Virginia” and “State Bird: Cardinal” and green lettering below says “State Flower: Dogwood.” Glasses are frosted and stand 6-1/2" high with diameters of 2-3/4" at their rims and 2-1/4" at their clear glass bases that carry the anchor and H logo of Anchor Hocking. All 8 glasses are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, or color loss. Require hand washing to preserve the finish and the paint. If you already have a few of these gorgeous glasses and need to complete your set, be sure to see our individual glass listed immediately below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $100.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

Virginia cardinal & dogwood glass

This Anchor Hocking frosted zombie glass depicts Virginia’s state bird and state flower. A brilliant red cardinal with black accents and outline sits on a branch amid dogwood blossoms painted in two shades of green with red tips. Green lettering above says “Virginia” and “State Bird: Cardinal” and green lettering below says “State Flower: Dogwood.” Glass is frosted and stands 6-1/2" high with diameters of 2-3/4" at the rim and 2-1/4" at the clear glass base that carries the anchor and H logo of Anchor Hocking. We have two of these lovely glasses and price is for each. Both are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, or color loss. Require hand washing to preserve the finish and the paint. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $15.00 each + s/h and insurance

 

  only 2 available

 

Fire-King 2-quart decorated casserole

This beautifully decorated 2-quart Fire-King lidded casserole could easily be mistaken for a Gay Fad piece, but it’s not. How do we know? The eight gold and turquoise circles on the lid are decals. Gay Fad always hand painted and/or silk-screened their designs and never decorated with decals! But just because this casserole wasn’t decorated by Gay Fad doesn’t mean it’s not gorgeous – it is! An overall gold web design covers all but the casserole dish’s bottom and the lid’s gold-on-gold decals with the turquoise snowflakes are lovely indeed. Casserole dish has diameters of 8-3/4" at its top, 7" at its base, and measures 10" across at its large sculptured double handles. Bottom is embossed with the Fire-King logo. Superb vintage condition with no damage to any of the decals, no paint loss, and only one tiny chip on the casserole dish’s interior rim. Requires hand washing; putting either piece in the dishwasher will damage the paint and the decals. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only available

 

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