That's What They Called It Then ...
Way Back When!
      And here's what we call it Now! 
This lesson is courtesy of Dr. James Measell and will help with very often confusing terms used long ago, some of which are still used today by pattern glass folks.  The original terms are on the left hand column and they are taken from original factory catalogs, company advertising, editorial copy in glass tableware industry trade journals or American Flint Glass Workers Union documents. Item names in wholesale catalogs (Baltimore Bargain House, Butler Brothers, or G. Sommers) are not reported here, for they often differ from factory terminology and may have little or no relation to it.
       The terms more likely to be used today are listed in the right hand column.

Original Term ca. 1890-1910 Today’s Collectors’ Terms

berry dish berry dish, sauce; sauce dish; flat sauce
bowl [with foot] or comport compote
bowl [with foot] and cover covered compote; marmalade
butter and cover covered butter; butter dish
cake salver or cake stand cake stand; footed cake plate
card tray plate
celery tray celery tray; oval bowl; oblong bowl
comport compote
comport & cover covered bowl; marmalade
cream or cream jug or hotel cream* creamer; cream pitcher
crimped berry dish fluted sauce
cup or custard punch cup
hotel sugar*   covered sugar bowl
jug or water jug pitcher; water pitcher; milk pitcher
stand lamp oil lamp; kerosene lamp; lamp
molasses can or jug


syrup pitcher or jug

nappie or nappy bowl; sauce; flat sauce; ice cream dish
oblong dish rectangular dish
oil or vinegar or oil bottle or vinegar bottle cruet
olive dish handled nappy
oval dish or oval plate pickle dish; relish dish; flat pickle dish; flat relish; tray
pepper bottle pepper shaker
pickle jar and cover or spoon and cover     covered sugar bowl (L); covered pickle jar (R)
water jug quart milk pitcher
salt or pepper bottle; salt shaker; hotel pepper bottle* or hotel salt* salt shaker; salt and pepper
spoon or spoon glass spooner; spoonholder; open sugar
sugar and cover covered sugar bowl
toothpick toothpick holder; match holder
vase parfait; vase
vase and cover   covered parfait, covered vase

*  intended for use on hotel tables serving groups of diners, these articles are typically
larger in capacity or of somewhat different shape than those intended for household use.

This lesson was taken with kind permission from Greentown Glass, A Collector's Guide
edited by Dr. James Measell.  To purchase this fine publication, click HERE for information.