What's for sale?
This is a small, American sugar shaker, sifter or caster in pale green opaque glass. It's labelled "SUGAR" in black print and has a rust-proof, metal screw top, peppered with holes for sifting the sugar. Jadeite glass has a subtle marbled appearance and a slight translucence like porcelain.
It's a collectable piece of kitchenware by the Jeannette Glass Company of... Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Their products aren't commonly found in Britain. They were founded in the late 1880s, making pressed-glass kitchen & tableware.
Jadeite glassware was introduced in 1932 by the McKee Glass Company and they are probably the better known producer. Jeannette's jadeite production began later on in the 1930s but in the late 1940s they actually bought McKee Glass.
This piece glows under UV light and so is probably from the 1930s or early 1940s. At that time jadeite glass contained tiny amounts of uranium, causing the glass to fluoresce under UV light (this is a chemical rather than radioactive reaction).
There is no maker's mark, and there are visual similarities to the McKee range, but it has an opening of 1.25" which matches the smaller openings of the Jeannette jars. The shape and lettering also matches a Jeannette catalogue page for their XS Square range (salt, pepper, sugar and flour).
What condition is it in?
- In good condition
- No chips or cracks in the glass
- The glass thread has dark marks from the metal top
- The lettering is faded in parts but readable
- The screw top is distressed with many scratches and tiny dents
What are the measurements?
- 12.5cm high (4.92 inches)
- 6cm square (2.36 inches)
- 322 grams
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Jeannette Glass Company
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