by Marg Iwen
pretty pattern was made by the McKee Glass Company, Pittsburgh, about
1894. The original McKee catalog name was ANDES, but Ruth Webb Lee
called it BEADED TULIP, the name most commonly used by collectors
The main pattern elements consist of two varieties of coarse flowers on rather erect stems. The ridges that make up the edges of the flowers are notched, not beaded, so why the name Beaded Tulip was chosen remains a mystery.
|It has been suggested that the designer of the pattern took direction from Pennsylvania Dutch designs. Others feel the inspiration may have come from old stitchings that graced the walls of 19th Century homes. Some forms comprising this pattern have smooth rims, but many have irregular edges of floral "petals." Consequently, these forms are subject to damage which may range from a small hardly noticeable chip to a completely sheared off petal. Because the edges of some pieces are so irregular, damage to them may have occurred when they were removed from the mold--but more than likely damage was inflicted by previous owners.|
known to exist include:
Master berry bowl, (may be found with cover)
Individual berry or flat sauce
Oval relishes in at least three sizes
Milk pitcher Pitcher sized between milk pitcher and creamer Goblet
Covered sugar bowl
Footed sauce (scarce)
Possibly other forms exist.
pattern is usually found in clear, but isolated reports indicate some
forms may also be found in blue and green. It would not be so surprising
to find forms in green, as McKee was pressing many forms in green in
the Hickman (La Clede) pattern about 1894 & also in the Feather aka
Doric pattern later in the 1890s. It is hard to say exactly how long
this pattern continued in production, but it
was produced only for a short time.
It is an aberrant among other McKee patterns of the time, bearing no resemblance to other being pressed around 1894, including Doric, Ionic, Germanic, Majestic, Celtic, Britannic, Masonic, Teutonic, and others. This pattern is more likely to be found east of the Mississippi rather than in the Middle West, West, or Far West. Finding pieces of this pattern in perfect condition is exciting. However, if the damage to a piece is not too severe, and the price is adjusted to reflect the damage, such a piece can be a welcome addition to a collection of this relatively scarce pattern.
|And imagine this! Just when we thought we had seen it all, comes Shannon Benson with a photo of her amber Beaded Tulip water pitcher! She purchased it in Mississippi. We thank her for sharing it with us!|