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Handkerchief Vases

The Handkerchief Vase was produced in a variety of sizes, colours and styles.

These were produced in a very wide range of designs in four sizes; 10, 12.5, 17.5 & 20cm (4", 5", 7" & 8") when measured to the highest point – there is the possibility of a 6" tall variety and other one-off oddities, but these are not confirmed production models. The 6" could also be a slightly oversized 5" or undersized 7" (or simply mis-measured).

Above: Rare reversed colour Polka-dot pattern

Sources: the Smethwick Heritage Centre. Book: 20th Century Factory Glass, Lesley Jackson

The Patterns

Let us know if you have one that isn't listed here! To date there are 16 definite types (examples of the rare ones can be seen in the Gallery page):

denotes a Fiesta Glass vase.

  • Cordon - vertical thin white stripes
  • Bandell-2- two horizontal rows of white pinstripe bands (three at rim, two at middle)
  • Bandell-1 - four groups (including top band) of twin white horizontal pinstripe bands
  • Candy Stripe - regular coloured and white vertical bands of equal width. See Gallery
  • Duet - three bands graduating in size and colour. Example: white/orange/red. The bottom band being the deepest colour. See Gallery
  • Gingham - cross-hatch check design, 1977-Fiesta
  • Check (Grid) - very fine check design
  • Polka-dot - white dots, with bands above
    See Gallery for a red Polka-dot with reversed colours
  • Psychedelic/Pop Art - wide irregular swirls
  • Carré (Escher) - geometric angles giving a 3D impression
  • Fleur-de-Lys - 16(?) vertical bands of two fleur-de-lys motifs on a white background. Dark green noted
  • Intaglio - design cut through the printed glass
    Two versions can be seen on the Gallery
  • Onyx (experimental? See below)
Tinted: transparent coloured glass type (no transfer)
    • Plain
    • Bark
    • Dimpled
    • Hammered

    These vases were produced in four colours; blue, turquoise, green, and amber, with scarcer red and clear ones noted.

Carré (M.C.Escher)

The original name for this vase was called Carré, but the geometric print vase was called 'Escher' after the artist Maurits Escher who produced many surrealistic prints along this style.

Pattern Order?

After watching auctions on eBay, the following seem to be the order they are most frequently seen — this does not indicate rarity and is a personal opinion.

  • Cordon)
  • Bandel-2
  • Gingham
  • Bandel-1
  • Polka-dot
  • Psychedelic
  • Carré (Escher)
  • Duet
  • Check (Grid)
  • Fleur-de-Lys
  • Candy Stripe
  • Intaglio
  • Onyx

Handkerchief colour/size cross-reference
Colours vary slightly and there may be difference due to aging— work in progress

in inches
(x2.5 = cm)
Whi Mus Yel Ora Red Bur Cho Sky
Tur
Blu Lim Gre Bla Red
Ora
Pur
1.Cordon   478 478 47 457     478 47 47 4 478   457
2.Bandel-1     457 5 578 7   57       78    
3.Bandel-2     47 4 5 4   4     4 4    
4.Candy Stripe     78         7     7     or/ye
5.Gingham 457   457   45 45 45   45   457   457 457
6.Polka-dot 45   4   457 47 4   47   47      
7.Psychedelic       4               47    
8.Grid         57       7     78    
9.Carré (Escher)       4 4       47          
10.Fleur-de-Lys     7   7           7      
11.Duet   ora red   lil pur   sky blu          
Duet = 4-in.   cream choc   Lim gre   cream yel          
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Note1: Gingham have opposing dove-grey stripes apart from the yellow/orange and orange/red variants.
Note2: The yellow Gingham has horizontal dove-grey stripes: in contrast the others have vertical dove-grey stripes (apart from those in Note 1).
Note3: The purple pinstripe vase (right) is the only one with a clear transfer: no white is used.
Note 4: One polka-dot variant is red spots on white
Note 5: Chocolate vases have cream coloured background.

Tinted Amb Gre Tur Blue Red Cle

A comparison of red & chocolate vases to show the white and cream backgrounds

Plain         ? ?
Bark 4 47 4 47    
Double-rolled 478 478 45 478    
Chiselled?       4    
Dimpled 4 478 4 4    

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