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Hi I'm fairly certain that is a repro. the color is not right for the vintage depression era blue. If you take a look at the base, you will probably not see any wear, minor scratches, tiny chips etc. This is a SURE sign of a FAKE.
Almost all depression era glassware - especially Kitchen glass was used, and often! So if you ever see a piece that is "too good to be true" the old rule applies. Sorry I don't have better news for ya!
Thanks. Actually it does have a couple of small chips on bottom. Though the color is something that does cause me some concern.
From what I have been able to discover so far, there were some minor variations in coloration in Hazel Atlas "Ritz Blue" or "Cobalt" pieces.
What I really would like to find are photos (or links) to Rosso Glass, Miles Kimball or Gibson Overseas repros of the Hazel Atlas Criss Cross Cobalt Reamer.
Saw the butter dish both in the Florence book and on the Miles Kimball site. A butter dish is not a reamer. If anyone can show me that, will appreciate it.
Scooper-cool name! I wrote the following several years ago. Works in situations like yours.
Here's a cool way to tell real Depression Glass (DG) from fake. It works too. You need to have a piece of real DG and non-DG. Take the DG between your thumb and forefinger and gently rub it. DG feels soft and warm. Non DG feels hard and cold. If you grasp it too hard your rubbing can make it warm so move your fingers around or switch hands. Test yourself by shutting your eyes. Once you learn this trick you only have to touch the glass to determine if it's real DG or not.
Thanks for the suggestion. Will do once I locate the piece.
I have Florence's Third Edition from 1980s and your cobalt blue reamer is exactly the same color as the one in his book, page 143, first position top shelf.
Of that style it is the ONLY blue reamer.
BTW, Florence says that the cobalt blue reamer is the rarest and most valuable. At that time, 1985-86 it was worth $150-165.00 USD.