by Mark Nye
Issue No. 289 - May 1997

Daffodil etchingDuring September and October 1950, W.F. Guegold engraved several sample etchings for Cambridge. Prints of four such etchings, taken from the original etching plate, are shown with this article. Of the four, only one seems to have entered the Cambridge line as a production etching, that being what we know today as Daffodil. The flower head as shown in the etching is true to life while the "stem" and the balance of the etching hardly resemble the daffodil plant and its leaves.

Daffodil etching The first trade journal reference to the etching Daffodil appeared in January 1952. Quoting from the advertisement published in both Crockery & Glass Journal and China, Glass And Decorative Accessories: "Featured This Spring in Leading Magazines - Daffodil... newest of fine Cambridge Etchings. Daffodil is crystal in its most elegant form. It is a new, fresh design aglow with brilliant light. And the graceful shapes make Daffodil especially appealing for fine table settings. Daffodil is among the royal family of Cambridge etchings nationally advertised to help you sell." (AIso featured in this same advertisement was the Rock Crystal engraving Lynbrook.) No further mention of the Daffodil etching has been found in trade journal advertisements.

The first known Cambridge price list to include Daffodil is dated February 2, 1953, and bears the title "REVISED PRICE LIST FOR ETCHED GLASSWARE." Indications are a supplemental page to the 1950 price list covering Daffodil was issued, probably early in 1952. However, a copy of this page has not been found even though one for Magnolia brought out a year later, in early 1953, does exist. For the benefit of Daffodil collectors, that listing is provided with this article. All evidence indicates that Daffodil was placed solely on Crystal blanks

3779 Tall Goblet p. 253 Individual Sugar & Cream
3779 Tall Sherbet p. 254 Sugar & Cream
3779 Low Goblet p. 293 6 OZ. Oil, stopper, pol. in.
3779 Low Sherbet p. 306 6 in. Candy Box & Cover, Cut Knob
3779 Cocktail p. 360 Salt & Pepper, chrome top
3779 Wine p. 384 11 in. Oval Bowl
3779 Oyster Cocktail p. 430 12 in. Bowl, belled
3779 Claret p. 532 6 in. Tall Comport
3779 Ftd. Ice Tea p. 533 5-1/2 in. Comport
3779 5 OZ. Ftd. Tumbler p. 533/445 2 pc. Mayonnaise Set
3779 Cordial p.553 3 pc. Mayonnaise Set
1170 Square Saucer and Round Cup p. 1491 4 pc. Twin Salad Dressing Set
1174 6 in. Bread 8` Butter Plate p. 1495 11-1/2 in.2 Hdl. Cake Plate
1176 8-1/2 in. Salad Plate, Square p. 54 6-1/2 in. Hdl. Low Ftd. Comport
3400/141 76 OZ. Jug p. 55 6 in. 2 Hdl. Low Ftd. Basket
3400/1180 5-1/4 in. Bonbon, 2 Hdl. p. 56 8 in. 2 Hdl. Low Ftd. Plate
1497 6 in. 2 part Relish p. 166 13-1/2 in. Cabaret Plate, r.e.
3400/1181 6 in. 2 Hdl. Bonbon Plate p. 214 10 in. 3 part Relish
1498 8 in. 3 part Relish p. 248 11 in. Celery
3900/19 2 pc. Mayonnaise Set 1532 3 pc. Mayonnaise Set
3900/72 6 in. 2 lite Candlestick 278 11 in. Vase, Ftd.
628 3-1 /2 in. Candlestick 6004 8 in. Ftd. Vase

Daffodil etchingPrices ranged from $24.00 a dozen for the stemware to $93.00 a dozen for the 76 OZ. jug. (Per piece the price was $2.00 each for stemware and $7.75 for the jug.) Note the absence of a dinner plate in the listing. As far as it is known, none was ever made. The 1170 square saucer originally came from the 3400 line as did the 1174 bread and butter and the 1176 salad plate and not from the Cambridge Square line.

A new price list for the complete Cambridge line was issued in October 1953. The Daffodil listing remained the same except for the addition of the 3900/37 sugar and cream tray. There was a price increase; stemware was now selling for $27.00 a dozen and the 3400/141 jug was up to $102.00 per dozen or $8.50 each.

Production of Daffodil was not resumed when the reorganized Cambridge Glass Co. began producing glass in the spring of 1955. The March and October 1956 price lists issued by the new company had an "INACTIVE LISTING." "To further improve our service to our customers, we have inaugurated another CAMBRIDGE GLASS first by providing inactive listings. This means to you that you can assure your customers that they will always be able to obtain replacements for their fine CAMBRIDGE glassware patterns. In the regular course of business we shall accumulate your replacement orders over a period of time so that we may ship such orders at least twice a year. We shall be glad to quote you prices on inactive listings upon request. However, in view of the increased cost of producing small quantities of glass, you may reasonably expect prices of inactive patterns to run 20% to 25% higher than on similar active items. Please remember that inactive DOES NOT MEAN discontinued." included in the available "inactive patterns" was 3779 stemware etched Daffodil. This was the last mention of the Daffodil etching. The 1958 price list had no reference to Inactive Listings or Daffodil.

The original Cambridge Glass Co. did issue catalog pages (supplements to the 1949 catalog) that illustrated Daffodil. These are contained in the 1949-53 Cambridge Catalog as reprinted by Crystal Ball Article One of those pages is shown below.

Catalog page