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Volume 7  Issue 5

Goofus Glass is an American pressed glass that was cold painted; not fired on. It is unknown how exactly it got its name. It was originally marketed as "Oriental Art", "Egyptian Art", "Khedive", "Golden Oriental", and "Intaglio Art". Later, it was known as Mexican ware, hooligan hoolies, Bridal glass, Gypsy glass, and pickle glass. It was, also, the first "carnival glass" until a better more stable colored "carnival glass" was produced. The designs were either embossed or cut in(Intaglio)in usually red, green, gold metallic, bronze, pink, and purple. It was produced between 1890-1920 by many well-known glass manufacturers. Northwood Glass Co., Indiana Glass, Imperial Glass, and Dugan were just a few. It was mainly given away as prizes at the fairs, carnivals, movies, and gasoline filling stations. There was one shortcoming which brought it to its end. The un-fired paint did not "wear" well. It was easily chipped and/or worn off with handling and daily use. Pieces that are most sought after are those that still bear most or all of their original paint. Leave the entire original paint intact on any Goofus glass objects you have or find. Repainting is NOT restoring, nor is it repairing. If the paint is almost gone, either just strip it all off or leave it as is. Avoid handling Goofus repeatedly. Stacking it exposes it to scratching or flaking of the paint. Storing it in the attic subjects it to extreme temperatures. It is not dishwasher safe. MARKS Marks of Goofus glass made by Northwood includes "N", "N" in one circle, "N" in two circles, or one or two circles without the "N". To view examples of Goofus Glass: Goofus Glass RESOURCES: The Glass Cottage Goofus Museum Glass Warman's Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide-32nd Edition Kovels' Complete Antiques Price List-Ninth Edition Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide - 18th Edition, 2000

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