|Flute - Northwood|
|Northwood's Flute pattern is quite different from that of Imperial. The pattern is simple, consisting of vertical exterior paneled flutes that ring the pieces. The tops of the flutes are arched. Many of the shapes have 8 sided collar bases. Most pieces will be found with the Northwood "N".
In the Water Sets pictured above, there are two main differences; with the Northwood, the handles are rounded and the shape of the pitcher is more bulbous.
Very few Northwood Flute pieces come to market. These Flute moulds were one of the first to be used in the introduction of carnival glass. Thus colors are limited to marigold and the very occasional green. As carnival glass production continued and new colors added, new moulds with more detailed patterns replaced these simpler ones.
The green tumbler is one of only a few known.
|Shown above to the left is the typical 4-piece table set. A table set includes a covered butterdish, a covered sugar, a spooner and a creamer. The few sets that are found are usually marigold, a rare green turns up occasionally. Typical of most butterdish lids where the base pattern is inverted, the flutes on the butterdish lid end in arches at the bottom and not the top. Detail patterns, such as the Singing Birds would not be inverted on a butterdish lid.
Why are there so few of these table sets? Could it be that the moulds for these table sets were retooled into moulds for Singing Birds table sets? Above to the right is a Singing Birds table set for comparison.
|Berry Sets are found even less often than table sets.The left photo shows a large master berry bowl and a small berry bowl. On the right is a small berry bowl's exterior. It is also thought that these berry set moulds were later re-tooled to make Northwood's Singing Birds berry sets. The master berry bowl is 4 inches tall, almost 9 inches across the top and has 12 exterior flutes. The small berry bowl is about 2 inches tall, about 4 1/2 inches across the top and has 8 exterior flutes.|
|Shown above to the left is a Nut Set or Salt Set. Seven pieces with one master and six individuals. Found infrequently in marigold. The moulds must have been re-used with the introduction of Northwood's Rainbow line (stretch) as this Nut/Salt set can also be found in celeste blue and topaz. The master salt is 5 3/4 inches across and 3 inches tall. It has 8 exterior flutes. The indivdual salt is 3 inches across and 1 1/2 inches tall. It has 6 exterior flutes.
The photo in the center shows the sherbert. Northwood Flute sherbets can be found in marigold and occasionally green. These sherberts have a round base, 9 exterior flutes, are about 3 inches tall and are 4 inches across the top. This mould was also resurrected for Northwood's Rainbow line (stretch) and can be found in blue opaque, Vaseline, russet, celeste, and possibly other stretch colors.
The photo on the right shows a Northwood Flute celery vase that is considered rare. The few known examples are marigold. The vase is almost 6 inches tall, has 8 exterior flutes that end in scallops at the top and has an 8 sided base.
|Northwood's Flute vase has eight wide flutes, eight scallops around the top, and a 4 1/4 inch starred base. Found only in green and marigold, usually with the iridescence around the top, fading toward the base. Although as you can see from this green example, there are exceptions.
Northwood's Flute is not a particular plentiful vase, about two thirds of them are green, one third marigold.
They range in height from just under 10 inches tall to about 16 inches.
Northwood's Wide Panel vase is a different pattern vase. It can be distinquished from Northwood's Flute as it has ten panels and a 4 3/4 inch base.