Included in this section of the Museum are some contributions from Friends who wanted to share their rarities with all of our Visitors.
Above are 3 rare pieces of ruby stained patterns from the U. S. Glass Company in the 1890s. On the left is a Champion pattern bulbous water pitcher, in the middle is a The Prize pattern straw jar and on the right is a Minnesota States' pattern cruet.
Dave Peterson shared another rarity set
with this Cupid & Venus child's mug and milk pitcher in rare vaseline.  Richards & Hartley made Cupid & Venus beginning
in the 1870s.

This beautiful emerald green water
pitcher with gold decor is shared by
Sandra Schlau. The pattern is
Tarentum's Victoria made ca. 1900.

GARDEN OF EDEN aka Rustic patternwas made by Campbell Jones & Co. ca. 1880s. This form of the goblet with the "serpent" on the stem is hard to find. PANELED FORGET-ME-NOT aka Regal by Bryce Bros. is rare in any color.
This vaseline water pitcher
is 8" tall at mid-side.
PLEAT & PANEL is not a particularly hard pattern to
find except in this little 3 1/2" square butter pat!
This ILLINOIS States' pattern lamp, the rarest of the 3 known lamps in that pattern! It is the straw jar base with a blown font insert and matching shade.
Thanks to the Essmakers for sharing this rarity with us.
What is now generally called the JUMBO castor set is shown in an early ad as the “Stanley caster - also with vinegar”. Most of these castor sets have a mustard castor. Shown is the only known set with the vinegar cruet with original stopper. Courtesy of our collecting friends, the Essmakers. The Gillinder Frosted Lion RARE
milk pitcher is 6 1/2” to the spout &
is shown with the larger but otherwise identical water pitcher.
Courtesy of the Essmakers.
These are two RARE milk glass miniature lamps. The Owl lamp shows the owl’s face on both sides of the shade. It and the Swan lamp are shown in Smith’s book “Miniature Lamps”. Probably made c. 1860s & ‘70s.
Courtesy of the Essmakers.
You've seen the RETRIEVER bread
plate in clear and in
milk glass, but here it
is in clambroth! Thanks to Michael Myers for sharing this.
A Richards & Hartley Daisy & Button aka Russian pattern Celery Canoe in a made to order silver frame. The canoe is 13” long & 4 1/4” wide. The glass boat is pictured in Tarentum Book Pg 196 & the whole piece is pictured on back cover of Glickman’s Green Vaseline book. The silver frame says “quadruple plate” by “Wilcox Silverplate Co.” “Meriden, Conn.” & the number under the stamp is 730.
Rich Shaw has shared this unusual
breakfast set in the "rose pink" found in EAPG only by limited factories.
This is Tarentum's
The McCormick Reaper Bread Platter, honoring the invention of
the reaping machine by Cyrus McCormick in 1830' maker attributed to the King Glass Co of Pittsburgh, circa 1879. Thanks to Cheryl Plue for sharing.
The above piece is a 3" diameter master salt or perhaps a "trinket dish" in
Adams' 1890s popular pattern, CRYSTAL WEDDING. It is a mystery as to
why the base is molded with the words "WILL OF THE WISP"! To learn what
"Will O The Wisp" means, click HERE.
We would welcome any knowledge as to the purpose for the piece and the saying in it.
A RARE form of the Riverside Glass Works pattern, Croesus.
This is a 7 3/4" diameter plate.
See it from the side HERE.
Robert Easton has allowed us to present his deep blue lacy flint-glass cup plate depicting Queen Victoria.  It was produced around 1847 to commemorate her coronation. It has been authenticated and recorded under the "570-V-2 listing" as a new cup plate discovery!   
Riverside Glass Company is one of the few manufacturers of deep, Royal Purple
pattern glass. The most difficult pattern to find in this color is their
pattern called X-RAY made Ca. 1899.
This is an exquisite and very rare table set and amatching pair of shakers.

The maker of this well known EAPG pattern, HUMMINGBIRD aka FLYING ROBIN aka BIRD & FERN is unknown for certain, but catalog sheets have recently been found attributing the pattern to Beaver Falls Glass Co. c. 1888.
We know that it was made in blue, amber, canary yellow & clear
in a full pattern line. The rarity here is the little 4" tall
wine goblet which is not listed in Reilly & Jenks price list because they
said it has never been reported in color.
     This is an interesting piece of American History; a bread plate advertising the Knights of Labor, an organization founded in 1869 by seven tailors. The plate is possibly a product of the Central Glass Co. and was made in the 1880s. It features the motto, "United We Stand Divided We Fall and the 4 sides of the rim picture a man with a sickle, a ship, a mule and a train with the friendly Knights shaking hands in the center.

Yet to come.....