Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dorothy Thorpe vs Queen's Lusterware

I almost kissed the seller when he quoted $3 as the price of this martini pitcher at a garage sale in my hood. Could he have been the only person on the planet who was unfamiliar with Mad Men? Had he not heard of Dorothy Thorpe? I walked away proud for my amazingly cheap find. My bubble burst when I cruised a local vintage collective and found the same pitcher on a shelf. Of course my motive was to determine the retail value of my find but something else caught my attention other than the price. The words Queen Lusterware.

What the f*ck was Queen Lusterware? The novice in me assumed that all 60s era barware with a chrome stripe had to be a Dorothy Thorpe concoction. I was so wrong.

Vitreon Queen’s Lusterware, Ltd. was started by Sidney Sigety in Broolyn, NY around the same time as Dorothy Thorpe's reign.  The design difference is subtle. Where Dorothy Thorpe's design has a solid silver stripe at the rim, Queen’s Lusterware features the signature ‘silver fade’ effect on glassware. Frankly, it looks like the silver stripe was smudged.

Regardless of who designed my new pitcher, I am still thrilled to own it.

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