March 14, 2020
I want to caution anyone thinking of shipping one of Pairpoint's Large (12") Swans. This is the result of a very recent and sad experience. Although a Swan I shipped was packed extremely well (double-boxing, over-size box, bracing, etc), the postman at the point of delivery dropped the box as he tried to carry it on his shoulder. The sudden impact caused the Swan's head and neck to breakaway at the point of attachment to the bowl. Part of the bowl remained attached to the neck. It is my conclusion (from an engineering viewpoint) that the inertia during the fall combined with the length and heavy weight of the neck and head exposed the inherent weakness at the point where the heavy neck joined the much thinner bowl portion. Had the package fallen at a different angle, the outcome would likely have been different. Given the "perfect storm" nature of this event, I don't think any additional cushioning would have helped. Since we cannot control Murphy's Law, my advice is to avoid shipping the large swans if at all possible. I do not believe the smaller swans would be at risk due to the much lighter and shorter necks and heads.
March 14, 2020
For many years we have seen on eBay and other retail sources a variety of Pairpoint Lamp Shade replicas. If memory serves me, I recall during the 1990s, a dealer friend telling me that a large quantity of original un-decorated glass shades had been scavenged from the closed Pairpoint plant, and that they were being decorated in the after-market. It wasn't very difficult discerning the originals from the latter. Sellers have always been fairly open and honest when representing a lamp to be a "Pairpoint Puffy or Reverse-Painted Lamp."
Today, for the first time, I've noticed a replica base being offered for sale. In all fairness, the base was offered as a "Pairpoint-style" lamp base, and I am not claiming anything nefarious at all. The Seller offers full disclosure that the base is made in Taiwan by the Odyssey Lamp Company. With all candor, I think the workmanship is good and the appearance is true to the original designs.
Now for my reason for writing...we all know that as time passes, and new collectors come to the market, attribution can get fuzzy. There are those that eventually decide to take some liberties with the facts. I merely want to alert our visitors to our observations. With regard to Pairpoint Lamp authentication, every lamp base I've seen has been clearly signed (by casting or incision) under the foot. The Mahogany wood bases have their catalog numbers incised into the washer-nut that holds the lamp together. This is just a reminder to those collectors, who may be new to this collecting area, to be careful. As the old saying goes, "Caveat Emptor."
March 7, 2020
We have all tried to figure out the correct names for different stem shapes. I'm not sure anyone could be 100% sure, but thought it would be of value to know how Pairpoint Engraver, Walter N. Stafford (1926-1938), identified them in his personal notebook: See below. Marion Frost
Some of our visitors know that Sandy and I have been collectors of Pairpoint Glass since 1990. Over that time we have acquired as many examples of Pairpoint shapes, colors, and engraving patterns as we could in order to build the research work that led to the publication of our two books and the development of this website. Along the way we often found fine items of glass made by some of Pairpoint’s competitors. If the price was right, we added them to our Frost Collection. Many of those items, in addition to some of our Pairpoint duplicates, have been recently added to our sales gallery tab, “Frost Collection For Sale.”
We invite all of our visitors to spend a few moments reviewing our private offerings. One of the benefits of shopping our sales gallery is that no sales or processing fees, normally associated with eBay and PayPal, are built into the asking price. While we have priced our items reasonably, we certainly welcome inquiries and offers.
So before leaving our website, why don’t you take a few moments to visit our gallery, and then return as often as you like. We are more than happy to provide answers to any questions as well as additional photographs for serious inquiries; just complete the simple form. We also welcome any queries about specific items that we may have but are not showing in the gallery.
Marion and Sandra Frost
Many people visiting our site may not be aware that Pairpoint was a prolific producer of electric lighting. Others may be familiar with the famous reverse-painted and Puffy lamps of the 1920s and 1930s. As with their decorative glass products and their Fine Arts Line, all of the highest quality and desirability, so were the beautiful lamps that Pairpoint made. We thought we would show you a few examples from The Frost Collection. Most of the lamps in our collection are the electric candles and electroliers, many/most of which simply "went away" into oblivion over the last fifty years or so. Our lamps are all "rescues" from the trash man. Once I stopped working (aka retired), I started bringing these orphans back to life. Our approach to lamp restoration is one of conservation. Unlike furniture, where conservation requires the retention of the signs of wear and tear and patina while restoring useful function, most patina and wear and tear in lighting is ugly dirt, grime, and damage. About the only way to attract a new owner to prolong the life of these magnificent lamps is to bring them back to their original mechanical function and beauty. The one caveat is whenever possible retain good patina and the signs of age. So we have shown below six examples of Pairpoint lamps recently restored. We hope you keep your eyes open for other "rescues" and let us know if you need help to conserve them. Marion and Sandra Frost
After many years of research, we have finally decided to post our Gundersen Glass Works (1939-1952) and Gundersen-Pairpoint (1952-1957) information. It is far from complete, in terms of matching every catalog number to an image, but that may never happen.
The information is available to the public and may be accessed by clicking on the "IDENTIFICATION CENTER" Tab and dropping to the Gundersen Sub-Tab. Once there you can choose to view the database or the images.
We hope this brings another period of "Pairpoint" out of the dark.
Marion and Sandra Frost
We want to draw your attention to a NEW TAB we have added to our website. Named the FINE ARTS LINE ONLINE BOOK, this is a study of many of the controversial discussions and viewpoints that have previously made collectors tentative about purchasing Pairpoint items having plated or sterling silver components.
This book, when coupled with all of the catalog and database materials found on this website, should make any collector comfortable with pursuing Fine Arts Line products.
We hope you enjoy exploring the opinions, facts, and logical arguments presented.
Due to the size of the page, please expect a few-second delay for loading.
Marion and Sandra Frost
As those of you familiar with Pairpoint’s Fine Arts Line already know, you don’t need reference books to identify these desirable beauties. Not only did Pairpoint sign each item (“Diamond P” or spelled-out), they also included their catalog number.
For those not familiar with the Fine Arts Line, we encourage you to read our online book which can be accessed by clicking on the Tab on this website. Basically this is the product line that combines Pairpoint’s finest glassware with beautiful silver-plated sculptured metal mountings.
From a collector’s point-of-view, especially a novice or intermediate collector, there is little better than discovering an item that self-identifies. But, therein lies the hidden risk and false sense of security, and to the uninitiated, possibly a very costly mistake. Unlike almost any other collectible, caution must be directed to the opposite of the normal…validation supersedes identification. The critical question becomes, “Is the item in question original and complete as it presents?”
Also within our Download Center are almost 350 original Pairpoint Fine Arts Line catalog pages as well as considerable database information. Anyone thinking of purchasing ANY item from the Fine Arts Line should avail themselves of the research information on this site. By cross-referencing the catalog number found on the item with the appropriate catalog page, the collector can see exactly what the item is supposed to look like. Our experience with Fine Arts Line items has shown a frighteningly high incidence of marriages or missing elements. Caveat Emptor!
Now, with all of this warning, there is a positive side to validation…Great Buys are out there for those who have done nothing more than validate the item. We’d like to cite a very recent example of an item that looked incorrect but was actually OK; it’s very unusual to have right and wrong on the same item, but validation resolved the issue. Needless to say we made a very good buy.
1.) This first photo shows a pair of Pairpoint D6157 Art Deco candlesticks combining a bubble ball, a silver-plated candle cup, and green marblette mounts. This was the eBay image as offered, and could be considered correct to an untrained eye. However, the flat-ground surface at the top of the glass ball raised a validation concern.
2.) This second photo is a cropped portion of Catalog Page 165, from our Download Center. This shows that the above eBay items offered for sale are missing their marblette bobeches. What a shame!
But wait…look closely at the catalog image (below) and the item being sold (above); notice the circular disc sitting directly on top of the square base on the eBay item, and notice its absence in the catalog image. You have found the missing bobeches which could have been (unluckily) missing entirely.
This candle was shown in the catalog as being part of a Console Set made up of a pair of candlesticks and a matching centerpiece bowl. The bowl portion had a shallow configuration and was EPNS (electro-plated nickel silver).
3.) The final photo shows the Pairpoint Fine Arts Line “1-Light Candle” as it was intended to be:
In closing, Sandy and I cannot stress enough the importance of a little due-diligence before you risk your money to make that great buy when building your Fine Arts Line collection.
Sandy and Marion Frost
The Frost Collection
We are very pleased to announce that the Pairpoint Glass Knowledge Center Research Section has been opened to all visitors.
Simply go to the FREE SITE ADMISSION Tab and choose your option.
PLEASE VISIT, ENJOY & COME BACK OFTEN!
Marion & Sandra Frost
Thank you for visiting our News Page. This page will be constantly changing and will feature all types of information and matters of interest. Please visit us often as we showcase Pairpoint products, people of interest, dealers, glass museums, and topics that would normally never see the light of day. And, let us know if there is a topic that you would like explained or discussed in future posting.