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Over the years, I have found great pleasure in collecting Millersburg carnival. As I see it, there is a certain distinguishing “visual or emotional appeal” with Millersburg glass. Possibly, it is the radium iridescence or simply the limited availability of this prized glassware. Elusive Millersburg colors of blue, vibrant marigold, emerald green or Vaseline tempt us when found, but often the price holds back temptation. There are several Millersburg patterns that I consider somewhat mystical in nature, such as Little Stars, Many Stars, Bernheimer Brothers, Tracery and Night Stars. These are interesting artistic Millersburg patterns to study and contemplate.

During a family vacation, we traveled through Charm, Ohio (near Millersburg) and acquired several Millersburg amethyst pieces from the Hershberger Antique Mall. We bought the Boutonnière compote, Little Stars bowl and Grape Wreath Variant Bowl. All purchased for iridescence quality, brilliant radium finish and detailed mold work. In writing this article, I decided to share a few photos of Millersburg pieces I acquired over the years. Photos include a green Seaweed plate, green Dolphin’s compote and amethyst Whirling Leaves, Little Stars and Holly Wreath Variant Multi-Stars bowls.

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The Seaweed pattern is a well balanced and gracefully proportioned. It is growing in popularity among collectors. Other photos include the Dolphin compote possessing a seldom seen Presznick Museum decal. The late Rose Presznick used these decals to promote glassware sales and her Lodi, Ohio carnival glass museum. Regrettably, the museum no longer exists. The intricate Rosalind pattern beautifies the interior of the Dolphin’s compote enhancing the compote’s visual appeal. I note that Green Dolphin compotes are seldom sold and are true rarities. The compote photos shown are probably the most detailed to grace the pages of a website or hardcover publication. The Whirling Leaves and Holly Wreath Variant Multi-Stars bowls also photographed, display perfect colors for autumn.

I conclude with a photo of the 1971 Millersburg Holmes County Antique Festival tumbler in cobalt blue. While certainly not Millersburg, it is a quality geometric tumbler. It was made by Imperial Glass and trademarked IG based on an old U.S. Glass pattern. A true rarity among contemporary glassware with only a reported 600 made. Despite the production number of 600, these tumblers seem to have evaporated from the market place. I suggest putting one of these 40 year old tumblers in your collection. Tempus Fugit.

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After looking over the Millersburg pictures, I trust you will see the charm in collecting this wonderful glassware. Good hunting!

Copyright 2011, Gerald Thomas.
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