Victorian Pattern Glass
Syrup & Molasses
Cans, Jugs or Pitchers

     Until the mid 1800s, refined white sugar was a comparatively scarce & expensive luxury. Coarse brown sugar, molasses, sorghum & to a lesser extend, maple sugar & syrup were the sweeteners of the 'everyday housewife'. According to some old catalogues, syrup pitchers (called "syrups" for short) were originally called molasses cans, or syrup jugs. Syrups came in a variety of colorful containers in a different styles of glass products both blown & molded.
     Maple syrup, the sweetener made from the sap of maple trees, was first collected and used by Native American Indians, though was later adopted by European settlers. It is traditionally harvested by tapping a maple tree through the bark and into the wood, then letting the sap run into a bucket, which requires daily collecting. Molasses, sometimes called sorghum, is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugar cane or sugar beet into sugar.
     According to Wm. Heacock in Victorian Colored Pattern Glass Book III, most colored glass syrups had metal tops applied to them with plaster. These tops were made of tin, pewter & other types of nickel or silver-plated metal. Frequently syrups are found today with a decomposed metal top or no top at all because that metal does not withstand the test of time as well as glass. This has created a need for metal tops to replace the missing ones. Whether a syrup has an original top or not is determined by 2 major methods. ... check for darkened plaster under the inner rim and/or compare the lid to an old ad or catalog reprint. Neither of these are fool-proof, however as there are always exceptions. In Heacock's (and our) opinion, as long as the syrup has a decent top on it, whether original, replaced or a reproduction, the value of the piece of glass which it caps should not be affected. Indeed many, but not all, of the the pieces shown in books have original tops. Even when the metal tops are original, it is not unusual for their 'thumb tabs' to have not made it through the years.
     During the 1850s to the 1870s syrups were always mold-blown & finding these in color is difficult. Later, pressed syrups were pressed from the bottom in an operation called the cut-and-shut method which was the only way a closed piece can be pressed unless the neck & lip are formed by hand.

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Below are some of these pitchers/ jugs/ cans for sale. While the glass
in each one is guaranteed to be original issue, whether or not the glass
and the metal of each one have been together for the past 100+ years
is not guaranteed, because in most cases we don't know that for sure.
Any damage to the glass is noted in the listing.

ROSE MEDALLION is the name of this extremely rare 1875 syrup pitcher by King & Sons. It is apparently not part of a multi- form pattern. It is shown in this early advertisement seen HERE.
The handle is applied. $325

The only name we find for this syrup pitcher is PILGRIM. It does not appear to be part of a pattern line. It has an applied handle & fabulous engraving on both sides. Made by Belmont ca. 1882. $135

This is Fostoria's HARTFORD pattern, their #501. It was made ca. 1893 - 1901.
It is heavy and without damage except the
lid is a little tilty.
This is a fairly rare pattern in any form. $95

ATLANTA aka Square Lion is Fostoria's pattern #500. It has the clear lion heads on 4 corners of the base. See also HERE. This is a very difficult piece to find in this exquisite pattern. The lid & glass are in very good condition. $350

A rare blown form of this
early pattern by LaBelle
Glass Co. ca. 1872. $175

in Milk Glass with red flower and green leaves. See Back HERE. By Hemingray. $65

MAGNOLIA a blown scarce form of this pattern; applied handle. By Consolidated Lamp & Glass Co. ca. 1891. $150

Riverside Glass Co. ca. 1898. 
No gold and no thumb tab.
Otherwise pristine. $75
EMPRESS, Riverside's
No 92. Excellent metal and
gold decor. Ca. 1898. 

CARMEN Fostoria's
pattern #575 c. 1896.
A scarce piece per
Heacock. $185.
IVY IN SNOW aka FOREST WARE by Co-op Flint Glass Works c. 1894. It is slightly discolored & has a chip
on the base. $95
BARBERRY pattern was made by McKee and the Boston Sandwich Glass Co. in the
1850s. It has an applied handle
& is blown molded. $225.
pattern is a product of the Central Glass Co. c. 1880s. It will need a new lid; this one for photo only. $77
The pattern is Riversides spectacular X-RAY pattern ca. 1899.
The GOLD is exquisite and the lid is the original GOLD colored metal. $375
IRIS aka Wild Iris is a Consolidated Lamp & Glass Co. pattern ca. 1897. In milk glass with amazing color remaining on the leaves & flowers. See back HERE. $95 SCROLL & NET is the appropriate name for this elegant milk glass syrup pitcher.. See Net HERE. The lid is a little rusty but intact. $75

We are researching the maker & dates but probably 1890s.

See back HERE

Heisey's #1295 pattern, BEAD SWAG is rarely found
in ruby stained pieces. 
Made ca. 1899, the ruby is
in great shape & there is no damage to the glass. $85
IMPERIAL NO. 1 aka Three in One aka Fancy Diamonds 7" tall by
Imperial Glass Co.
ca. 1902. See Back HERE. $75
PETTICOAT aka National is
a Riverside pattern ca. 1899. The original pewter metal lid
is missing its thumb tab but
the glass is flawless 
There is apparently no pattern name to this 7 1/2" tall syrup as it is a 'stand alone' piece according to our friend & glass expert, Tom Bredehoft. It is most definitely from the 1880s
or even 1870s with beautifully engraved fern-like plants on the 2 sides and a long legged bird standing in grass in the middle section.  The tin lid is intact and the glass is flawless. $85
by the Indiana Tumbler &
Goblet Co. c 1900.
It has a flake on the table
rim seen HERE. $375

MINNESOTA State's pattern by U S Glass co. ca. 1890s.
The lid is tilted a little but it is not damaged & the thumb tab
works fine. $48
FANCY LOOP is Heisey's
very popular #1205 pattern
c. 1898. $85
is from 1899. $75
pattern is Hobbs, Brockunier
& Co's. #339 created
ca. 1890. No color.  $85
GUTATTE is a soft satin type
of glass made by Fostoria early
in the 20th century.
It is the taller version & $225.

MAJESTIC aka PURITAN pattern was made by McKee
c. 1893. In ruby stain,
it is $165.
MEDALLION SPRIG is a glamorous pattern by the West
Virginia Glass Co. c. 1894. This
has amethyst coloring at the
top & is $275.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Another States' pattern by U S Glass Co. c 1903 Missing thumb tab on lid $78

We've heard this pattern called "FLOWER IN GLOBE". We're just calling it CIRCLES. The lid and glass are all great. $65 PILLOWS, a scarce pattern by Heisey, their #325 c. 1905. Missing lid thumb tab $155. HEXAGON BLOCK is a substantial pattern.  It is Hobbs Brockunier #335 aka Henrietta made ca. 1889.  The metal lid is in remarkable condition.  $52
made by the Tarentum
Glass Co. c 1894. $95
States' Series pattern for this
great state. c. 1900. Missing lid thumb tab. $285
although not one of the States'
Series patterns. It was made
by Geo. Duncan Sons &
Co. c 1897. $85

DIAMOND SUNBURST by Bryce Walker ca. 1870s. This pattern does not list a syrup pitcher OR any pieces in
Milk Glass.

is the U S Glass pattern made
for 6 months in 1892 using
actual U S coins in the molds
until the Feds confiscated the
molds. This one has some damage.
If interested, please EMAIL us.
DOUGLASS pattern
was made by Cooperative
Flint Glass Co. c. 1903.
It will need a new metal
lid - this one is just for the
photo-op. $55
is a
blown molded syrup
made by the U S Glass
Co. c. 1908. $85
This syrup is very tall for these early vessels - 8" tall. It is
not a full line EAPG pattern
but a fun Strawberry
piece. $95
is a John Higbee
pattern c. 1910. It could be a
creamer or a syrup. There is a
small chip under the lip of the
lid. Get a load of that finial! $78


is a 1903 product of Heisey. $75
(Inverted) aka Rope & Thumbprint
by Central Glass Co. ca. 1880s.
Called a 'molasses pitcher', these
may have originally had a metal lid
but one has never been seen by the
Central Glass Co. book author. $85
is by Tarentum Glass Co.
ca. 1898. This is the smaller of
the 2 syrups in this pattern... 5 3/4"
to the top of the lid. Metal is fine - thumb tab missing.
See back view HERE $85

GALLOWAY pattern is by U S Glass Co. - their #15086 ca 1904.
The one on the left is 5 3/4" tall and 3 1/2" wide at the widest part & it has a rusty but intact lid sans thumb tab.  $95
The one on the right is actually larger, despite the way it looks in the photo. It is 6 1/4" tall & is 3 5/8" across the widest part.
Its metal is better & it is $115.

A photo of the 2 syrup pitchers together can be seen HERE.
TORPEDO is aka Pigmy
aka Fish Eye by Thompson Glass Co. 1889. It is 7 1/2"
tall and has a very good
metal lid. $125

This BLOCK type pattern is unusual and a mystery.
It is really 'good' glass, very clear & the blocks are
sharply defined.  It is 6 1/4" tall to the top of the lid, and in great shape except for the lid.  It is a soft metal and has been damaged.
Because the lid can't be extricated from the glass, it is only $55.

IVANHOE by Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton ca. 1890.  Good metal lid; 6 1/2" tall to lid tip.

 And we never sell "sun-purpled" glass (Here's why).