Antique Opaque Custard or Yellow Mold Blown Glass Shaker Spider Web Pattern Dithridge & Company Pittsburgh, PA
Description: A beautiful light yellow or custard colored opaque glass mold blown shaker in the Spider Web pattern. There is six bulging lobes around the circumference. The shaker, which is colored in opaque light yellow or custard, has a raised motif of intricate scroll on the entire body. This web like motif completely covers the entire shaker. The design or pattern is raised and is really very nicely done. The shaker has a screw on metal top, which is most likely not original to the piece, and a footed based with a recessed center. This is a rather rare and unusual shaker. See page 67 in Mildred & Ralph Lechner's book The World of Salt Shakers, published by Collector Books of Paducah, KY 1992 for a similar example. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Size: ~2 3/4" in diameter at its widest and it is ~2 3/8" tall including the metal top. The piece weighs 3 ounces.
Maker: Dithridge & Company.
Marks: No markings.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice and very rare shaker.
Condition: The shaker is in very good condition with no cracks, repairs or hairlines that we could find. The metal cap is also in good shape with a few minor bumps and is stained throughout. We believe the metal cap may be a replacement and not original to the piece. The shaker also shows general roughness around the top edge, which is original to the making ( this normally happens when the shaker is broken off the blowing wand after the shaker is hardened), which can be seen in the photos. Finally, the shaker has some soiling that is imbedded near the raised portions of the web, which we show in the photos. We have not attempted to clean the shaker and we leave that to the new owner. Please see photos for additional condition information.
In Closing: This is a great shaker, which is beautiful and in great condition after being around for almost 120 years. A great addition to any glass shaker collection.