Sunday, April 17, 2011
Gillinder hand vases (photo above) were produced in 1876 to celebrate the centennial of the United States. The 7" vase was made of heavy lead crystal featuring a hand holding a sheath of wheat and bearing lettering on the base/cuff reading "Centennial 1876". Reproductions began appearing in the 1990's (photo below). Gillinder "style" hand vases frequently appear on eBay in ice blue, green, pink, cobalt blue and clear/unfrosted glass. These reproductions are of unknown origin (probably China) and are often erroneously referred to as depression glass and antique/vintage. They can be spotted quite easily. They are slighlty shorter, more crudely molded and lack the "Centennial 1876" lettering on the base (comparison photo below).