Patterns - CUT WILD ROSE

by Ruth Forsythe
(Issue #2, June 1973)

Everything is turning up roses, Spring is here, Judy and Harold Bennett have opened their spectacular Cambridge Glass museum and Charles Upton’s Cambridge Antique Show and Display was a great success.

All of this and a fast growing National Cambridge Collectors Club have set fire to an already sparking treasure hunt for Cambridge glass.

CUT WILD ROSE - No. 3200 Pattern

Cut Wild Rose punch bowl Some think a name is not important, but often this can be a determining factor in success or failure. the person responsible for naming the various patterns of Cambridge glass had to be an astute person.

As we know, roses have a great influence in our society. In songs, poetry, name for girls and just recently a well known perfume company has come out with a line called "Roses, Roses". Rose, one of the most beautiful flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Sweetbrier or WILD ROSE, the loveliest wild flower of the country roadsides - hence, an excellent choice for this Cambridge glass pattern, CUT WILD ROSE.

We always think of wild rose as a single flower with five petals. However, as you can see in the accompanying photo, it is as though the designer took a sharp knife and cut the rose bud in half lengthwise, exposing the inner beauty of the rose in the pattern. Surely this must be the reason for the name CUT WILD ROSE.

There is a band of plain buttons alternating with double X buttons. They vary according to the size of the piece as to the number of these bands. Some have one row, some two and some three. Also, many pieces have a band of these buttons around the bottom.

Those of you who visited the Cambridge Antique Show and Display, surely recall a Carmen Punch Bowl in CUT WILD ROSE, with thirteen Carmen punch cups. How lucky can the number thirteen get?

CUT WILD ROSE was made in many pieces, such as punch bowls and punch cups, water sets, sugar and creamers, berry sets, compotes, nappies, celery trays, orange bowls, fern dishes, vases, bowls, etc. Punch cups were listed as handled sherbet cups. Many pieces made in CUT WILD ROSE, are footed.

Usually, CUT WILD ROSE is found in clear, but the punch set displayed at the Cambridge show is proof positive there is color. Not marked that I know of, so learn your patterns and collect beautiful Cambridge glass and not just trade marks. CUT WILD ROSE is listed in the Cambridge catalogues under the Near Cut trade mark.