Feather, aka Doric, Indiana Swirl, Indiana Feather, Finecut & Feather. Manufactured by McKee Brothers ca. 1896, by Cambridge Glass Co. ca. 1902
and by Beatty-Brady Glass Co. ca. 1903.
|There are two principle variations in this pattern.|
|Doric: (aka Crowsfoot) Characteristics: scalloped top rims on spooner, celery, pitchers,and toothpick; plain, unpatterned collar bases; and the design on the inside of the bases is a scalloped, outlined "floral"pattern. If the piece has a straight rim (compotes, covered bowls, butter dish), the space between the rounded feather tops is filled with a 3-pointed bird track, or "crow's foot". This variation includes all stemmed pieces in the pattern and all green and amber-stained pieces.This variation is of higher quality glass.||Finecut & Feather: Characteristics: straight rims on all pieces,
with the space between the rounded feather tops filled with cross-hatching,
or "finecut"; collar bases have a repeat of the feather motif (often poorly
detailed); the inside base motif is a rayed star, with rays originating
at a center point.
The only reproductions we know of are some obviously new sapphire blue and amber (possibly other colors) goblets & vases.
|Pattern forms known
Water set; pitcher goblets and tumblers
Cake Stands - 4 sizes
Cruet (stopper is faceted)
Marmalade jar w/ glass lid (very rare)
Compotes both true open and cov'd; high standard, low footed and flat.
Bowls oval & round
Pickle Castor in metal frame
Plates- 10" round w/ scalloped edges
Plate w/ plain edge 9"
Sauce dishes flat, footed, round & square.
Salt shakers; blown (bulbous) and pressed (straight sided)
Wines 4" & Cordials 3"
|Above is a 9" smooth rimmed plate showing the charasteristic Doric var. center & "crowsfoot". There is an unusual deep rim around the perimeter; probably made from the mold for the 8" flat bowl.||The
Lazy Susan- where
Feather gets used at the Hendersons table.
|This blue bowl in the Doric variation is 6 3/8" diameter; possibly a one of a kind piece in an experimental color.||Three variations of the Feather marmalade/
pickle castor all of which are quite rare.
|Feather as advertised in a Montgomery Wards 1901 catalog lower left.||Green Feather/ Doric Four Piece Table Set|
|Bill & Elaine Henderson of PatternGlass.com have been collecting & studying Feather pattern since the late 1980's. Their first pieces were inherited by Elaine. A plate (badly chipped) from her Maternal Great Grandmother's farm family which included 16 children, in Oklahoma, and a cov'd compote on a high standard from her Paternal Great Grandmother in Arkansas.|