Flower Holders - Part VIII

by Bill Smith
Issue 34 - February 1976

For want of more detailed information we will try a different approach in our Flower Holder information this month.

Having practically no facts on which to base our article, we instead turn to photos as a means of trying to convey information to you.

Eagle flower frog The first holder (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2) is one that came out during the late 1920's as Flower Holder #514. It had no descriptive name associated with it, so we have called it the Eagle flower holder due to the side view, appearance (Fig. 1). There is a good chance that it was designed as another of the Hawk family of birds, but the topknot has the appearance of the Bald Eagle.

This holder also appears In the Bennett Book of Cambridge Glass (Plate 41, Row 3, Item 1. It is described as a 6 inch Penguin. A glance at Fig 2 will show why this is a possible description.

This figure's design is very simple. A perched bird on a tree stump. All of which rises above a rather sharp edged Type 1 base. Overall this figure is 5 5/8 inches in height. The base contains a total of ten holes for the flowers.

Jay flower frog Compared to the Lady Figurals presented in former articles this holder is a real rarity. We are aware of only six at this time. The colors that have been seen are amber, Peach-Blo (pink), emerald green and crystal. This color range would seem to suggest the existence of a greater quantity of these holders. Perhaps this attempt at identification will help to bring them into view.

The second holder presented in this article has not been proven to be Cambridge. We have in the past been very reluctant to present any article that we could not prove to be Cambridge. We feel that the similarities in this case at least warrant none consideration. See Fig. 3 and Fig. 4.

The base of this item is identical in style and size to that of the Eagle. The general theme is the same. The height is nearly the same, 5 3/8 inches.

We have reports of the existence of only four of these holders. All four appear to be Cambridge emerald green color.

We have had no success in identifying either the holder or the bird represented, consequently we will not hazard a name for this item. We would welcome any suggestion you readers might submit.