Nearcut Patterns - Stratford/Mt. Vernon

by Phyllis Smith
Issue 41 - September 1976

The maiden name of our Nearcut pattern for this month is "Stratford". But, after several times married, it was to become quite famous as "Mt. Vernon".

In an old Nearout catalog that dates somewhere between 1915-1922, we find this beautiful design under the name of "Stratford".

Old English Stratford adThe May 1922 edition of China, Glass and Lamps reveals that it had taken the name "Old English Stratford". The advertisement from that publication is shown at left.

In our 1930-1932 Catalog reprint, we see it under the name "Early American Glassware - Mount Vernon Pattern" - pages 31-24 thru 31-26. Then again on pages 32-25A and 32-26 through 32-29, it appears simply under the name "Mount Vernon".

Then in September, 1939, China, Glass and Lamps, shows a change in the way the name is written. It stats that several new items were "added by the Cambridge Glass Co. to its popular Colonial Line called "Mt. Vernon".

The early "Stratford" pattern was made in crystal. At least one piece was made in rubina. This piece may be viewed in the Bennett Museum at Cambridge, Ohio. It is possible that it was made in other colors, but we have not seen them.

Of course the later "Mt. Vernon" was produced in a wide variety of colors which include: crystal, amber, mandarin gold, heatherbloom, Carmen, emerald, royal blue, windsor blue, crown tuscan, milk glass and violet. It would stand to reason that since it was made during the depression that it was also made in Peach-Blo and light emerald green, but we do not know this to be true. If anyone has Mt. Vernon in either of these colors, please let us hear from you.

It is doubtful that many pieces will ever be found in rubina, violet, windsor blue or crown tuscan, but it is a good idea to be on the lookout for them just the same.

As you can see the "Stratford" Nearcut pattern was one that grew right along with the Cambridge Glass Co. We have every reason to believe that the "Stratford - Mt. Vernon" pattern was produced right up to the close of the factory. It was and still is one of their most popular patterns.