For sale is a piece of early American pressed glass that is somewhat rare and only produced for a very short period of time. It is a covered sugar known as Findlay Onyx and was made by Dalzell, Gilmore and Leighton Company of Findlay Ohio. It measures approximately 6" tall with the lid on and is 4" in diameter at the bulge or belly of this lovely piece. The sugar measures 3 3/4" tall without the lid on.
The base color of the glass on the sugar bowl is an opal yellow white with daisies growing from stems that start at the base of the piece. These flowers are a raised silver decoration and have leaves and buds for a whimsical all over pattern. There is a complimentary glass lid that is original to the piece and has almost a clam broth appearance at the curve of the lid as it is more translucent than the vessel. It is however original to the base and decorated with the same metallic treatment to the high points and the finial.
The covered sugar is in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks or dings. The rims of these pieces were ground and therefore usually have some minor chips to edge as they were not polished after this process. This piece is typical and the chips are primarily on the inner lip of the cover and don't show when resting on the bowl nor do they detract from the value. This particular example of EAPG has most of the silver satin intact and is quite charming.
The piece is unsigned however it has the unmistakable circular marks form the mold and guaranteed to be original. This particular type of glass has not been reproduced. The manufacturer had may problems with cracking and it was produced for less than one year. This glass should be kept out of direct sunlight as the metallic application holds the heat in and is believed to make this glass crack.
This item is considered an excellent example and will enhance one's collection as a great deal of the silver is still intact. This covered sugar was made circa 1889.