Located in Cambridge, Ohio, the Cambridge Glass Company was a leading manufacturer of elegant glassware during the first half of the last century.
The Statuesque 3011 line of figural nude stem glassware was made from 1931 until mid 1958 when the company closed permanently. It was originally known as the “Figure Stem Line,” then it became “Statuesque,” and now days collectors generally refer to these glasses as “Cambridge Nude Stems.”
Since then the nude stem glasses have been highly sought after by collectors. Today’s prices range from about $100 to several thousand dollars per piece, depending on color, shape, condition, decorations, and rarity of the item.
All of the stemware featured the same girl in the same pose, with hair tossed to her right side. If you see nude stem glassware offered for sale with a different girl, it is not Cambridge.
The stems were made in three sizes, small (4”), medium (4 ¾”), and large (6”) to accommodate different designs.
The Statuesque figure stem line featured a variety of drinking vessels, vases, smokers items, candle holders, compotes and dishes. In most cases, the bowls were colored and the stems were clear crystal. However, there were some solid color pieces and a few colored stems too.
Some pieces were decorated with etchings. A few etchings were encrusted with gold. Some other decorations were found too. These included crackle glass bowls, glass cuttings, silver metal overlays, gold paint, and enamel treatments.
The wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and decorations makes for a range of collector desirability and scarcity. Another important factor is condition. That’s why collector prices can vary so widely. For an aspiring collector, there is much to learn.
A rare smoke crackle glass champagne
Getting up to speed as a collector
It is very common for someone to see one of more of these nude stem glasses and to become fascinated by them. They’re unique and many of them are indeed gorgeous.
How can you gain the requisite knowledge to make good purchase decisions and avoid mistakes? There are no shortcuts. There is a lot to learn. Here is a list of the basics:
- Learn the information sources
- Learn the various shapes
- Learn the colors
- Learn the decorations
- Learn prices and collector value
- Learn buying and selling venues
Helpful Information Sources
Anyone who finds themselves interested in collecting these nude stem glasses would do well to join the National Cambridge Collectors Association. Their website contains a wealth of information and they offer some useful publications as well. The association website can be visited here: http://www.cambridgeglass.org/.
They publish a newsletter, the Crystal Ball, which has included some great articles. You can search the Crystal Ball archives for 3011, which is the product line designation. Here is a link to the search page http://www.cambridgeglass.org/nccsearchform.php
The two Colors in Cambridge books are a must have. You can buy reproductions of the old Cambridge Glass catalogs. There is a Cambridge Stemware book by Mark Nye that contains some good information on the nude stems. Some of these books are out of print but you may be able to find them from used book sellers (try Google).
Keep in mind that many of these books and articles were published twenty or thirty years ago. Much has been learned since then. New details continue to reveal themselves as time goes by.
The association has an annual glass auction as a fundraiser every year around the end of February. They post a list of items sold and prices paid on their website. They hold a convention with glass show and tutorials every year in June. It is a great event to attend if you can make it to Cambridge, Ohio. NCC also operates a glass museum where you can see some fabulous nude stems.
The Miami Valley Study Group (that’s Miami Ohio, not Florida) is a volunteer organization with some talented and highly motivated members. They’ve taken it upon themselves to put up a website with photographs of many Cambridge items, some excellent videos, and more. Here is a link http://albums.mvsg.org/thumbnails.php?album=221.
I especially recommend that you watch the 2006 Miami Valley Study Group video presented by Georgia Otten and posted here http://www.mvsg.org/node/5. In this video, Mrs. Otten describes the glass introduced by the Cambridge Glass Company during the years 1931 and 1932. Since this was when the nude stems were first introduced, they are an integral part of this video. In another MVSG video, Frank Wollenhaupt discusses The Art of Glass Making. Watching this video will help you to understand how these items were produced. It can be found here http://www.mvsg.org/node/91.
There are a number of collector books that discuss Cambridge Glass and the 3011 Statuesque line. Gene Florence is a prolific author with a series titled Very Rare Glassware of the Depression Years. Some of those books have a few great nude stem photos. Most are out of print but available through used book sellers.
Stemware Shapes and Colors
This section includes a rundown on the various drinking vessels produced with nude stems.
Throughout this tutorial, you will find references to plain and optic colors. Everyone knows what a plain color is but some may need an explanation to know what optic means. In the 1930’s, glassware with optic patterns were in vogue. Instead of a solid plain color, an optic pattern divided the glass into vertical panels. This photo shows a Heatherbloom Claret with an optic pattern. The Cambridge Glass Company used several optic patterns in their glassware including vertical panels, a honeycomb pattern, etc. This is the one they used in some of the nude stems. If you see a nude stem glass with an optic pattern, you will know that it was early manufacture. The optic patterns were phased out in the 1940s.
Cordial 3011/14 1 oz. Cordial (5 7/8” tall, 1 5/8” top diameter, 4” stem): Known to have been made in Crystal, Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Carmen, Royal Blue, and Gold Crystal. The cordial was only made in the 1930s (discontinued in 1941). It is rare and hard to find. After 1941, Cambridge referred to the Brandy 3011/14 as a cordial. This tends to confuse some collectors. Suffice to say that the true cordial is considerably more valuable than the brandy. It can be distinguished from the brandy by its rounded bowl. Both the cordial and the brandy use the same 4 inch nude figure (smallest of the three mold sizes).
Cordials from left: Royal Blue, Amber, Crystal, Carmen
Brandy 3011/13 1 oz. Brandy (Slightly over 6” tall, slightly over 1 ½” diameter at the top, 4” stem): The brandy was made in Crystal, Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Carmen, Royal Blue, Emerald Green, Heatherbloom, Gold Krystol (optic), Mandarin Gold, Tahoe Blue, Mocha, Pistachio, Moonlight Blue, and Pink. The brandy became the cordial in Cambridge catalogs after the true cordial was dropped from the line in the late 1940’s. This name change confuses some collectors. Therefore, it is best to use the original ‘brandy’ name for these glasses.
The only decorated brandy glass I know of is the gold encrusted Rose Point shown here (extremely rare) . The Vichy and Chintz etchings are known. Frosted stems are fairly common.
In 1942, Cambridge sold a Harlequin Set of eight brandy glasses. The colors in the set were Gold Krystol, Amber, Mocha, Pink, Moonlight Blue, Forest Green, Pistachio, and Tahoe Blue.
Next to the cocktail, the brandy was produced in the most colors and for the longest time period (1931 to 1957). The number of colors available was reduced in later years as the company encountered financial difficulties. By 1950, the brandy and cocktail were the only drinking vessels being produced (this changed during the reopen period from 1955 to 1958 when they also produced table goblets and saucer champagnes).
Shown hereL to R: Gold Krystol (optic), Amber, Royal Blue, Pink, Carmen, Moonlight Blue, Forest Green (frosted stem), Tahoe Blue
Cocktail 3011/9 3 oz. Cocktail (6 3/8” tall, 2 ¾” top diameter, 4” stem): The most popular of the nude shapes, the cocktail was made in every Cambridge color* and from the start of production in 1931 until the final closing in 1958.
Known colors include: Crystal, Crown Tuscan Stem With A Gold Krystol Bowl (optic in the 1930’s, not optic in the 1950s), Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Carmen, Royal Blue, Gold Krystol (plain and optic), Pink, Emerald Green, Mandarin Gold, Tahoe Blue, Topaz (Yellow Vaseline Color), Mocha, Pistachio, Smoke, Moonlight Blue, Pink, Carmen with crackle effect, Smoke crackle, Ebony top and foot with crystal stem (very rare), Ebony stem and foot with crystal bowl, and ebony stem with crystal foot and bowl. Etched and decorated cocktails are rare but a few do exist.
There were also a few cocktails made in the 1930’s with a Crown Tuscan stem (pink milk glass) and foot. Bowl colors were Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Carmen, Topaz, Gold Krystol (optic pattern) and Royal Blue bowls (these are all rare and valuable, especially Carmen and Topaz). From 1950 to 1952, Cambridge also made the cocktail with Crown Tuscan stem and Gold Crystal bowl (not optic, very common, and relatively inexpensive).
Cocktail with Topaz Bowl and Crown Tuscan Stem (rare)
A few cocktails were made with the medium size 4 ¾” nude stem. These are called Tall Cocktails and are rare. They measure slightly over 7 ¼” in height. They are known in Smoke, Pistachio, Carmen Crackle, Mandarin Gold Crackle, Pistachio Crackle.
The most common, and least expensive, Cambridge Nude is a cocktail made with a black ebony stem and clear crystal bowl and foot. These continued to be made by Imperial Glass Company when they acquired the Cambridge mold after the factory closure. Imperial also used that mold to make an amber stem cocktail with crystal bowl and foot. Cambridge never made a nude with amber stem.
Cambridge sold a set of eight cocktails as a Harlequin Set in 1942. The eight colors in the set (pictured here L to R) were Pistachio, Mocha (a light amber color), Forest Green, Tahoe Blue, Amethyst, Pink (LaRosa), Gold Krystol, and Moonlight.
*note: There is some debate as to whether the cocktail was ever made in the color Heatherbloom. I’m not currently aware of any examples.
V Cocktail 3011/10 3 oz. (6 5/8” tall, just under 3 ¼” diameter at the top, 4” stem). The V Cocktail was manufactured from 1931 until the mid 1940s. Known colors include Royal Blue, Carmen, Crystal (optic), Gold Krystol (optic), Amethyst, Amber (plain and optic), Forest Green. They were made with both plain and frosted stems. All are rare and hard to find today. They are considered very desirable by collectors.
Gold Krystol Optic, Amethyst, Amber, Forest Green, Carmen, Amber Optic, Royal Blue
Tulip Cocktail 3011/11 3.5 oz.(The overall height is 6 5/8” to 6 ¾”. The top width of the bowl is 3 1/8” to 3¼”.
Cambridge produced the Tulip cocktails from the early 1930’s to the early 1940’s. Colors included Amethyst, Carmen, Forest Green, Royal Blue, and Topaz (yellow vaseline glass). Vertically paneled optic versions were also produced in Crystal, and Gold Krystol.
Tulip cocktails are rare and hard to find.
L to R: Royal Blue with frosted stem, Topaz, Carmen
Wine Glass 3011/12 3 oz.The nude is 4” (smallest nude made). The top width of bowl is slightly under 2½”. The overall height is just over 6½”. It holds a little over 2 oz.
Cambridge produced the glass from the early 1930’s to the mid 1940’s. Colors included Amethyst, Carmen, Forest Green, Gold Krystol (optic), Royal Blue, and Topaz (yellow vaseline glass). No decorations have been found except for the Vichy etching.
The Wine has a similar shape to the larger Claret. The two can be confused in photographs when no measurements are shown. The wine is comparatively rare and hard to find, thus more valuable than the Claret.
L to R: Carmen with frosted stem, Topaz, Royal Blue, Amber with frosted stem, Amethyst.
Claret 3011/7 4.5oz. (The top width of bowl is 2 7/8” to 3”. The overall height is 7 5/8” to 7 3/4”)
The Claret is found in the earlier colors of Crystal, Crystal (optic), Crystal (plain), Carmen, Royal Blue, Topaz, Gold Krystol (optic), Forest Green, Amber, Amethyst and Heather Bloom (optic). The Claret was produced from 1931 to the early 1940s.
These bowl shapes have been seen with various decorations such as Rockwell Sterling trims, Chintz, Vichy, Gloria, Apple Blossom and Rose Point etchings, and Rock Crystal cuttings. Gold encrusted clarets have been found in crystal with Rose Point etching and Carmen with Portia etching (shown here - has been seen both with and without the gold encrusting).
A set of four Heatherbloom (pale lavender) Clarets is shown here with optic pattern (vertical panels in the bowls).
Banquet Goblet 12oz. (The diameter of the bowl at the top is 3 3⁄4”. The overall height is10”. The 6 inch nude stem is the largest of the three sizes).
Table Goblet 12oz. (The diameter of the bowl at the top is 3 3⁄4”. The overall height is 8 7/8” to 9”. The 4 3/4 inch nude stem is the middle of the three mold sizes).
The only difference between the Banquet Goblet and the Table Goblet is the size of the stem. The bowls are the same
The Banquet Goblet was manufactured from 1931 to the mid 1940s. Colors included Crystal, Amethyst, Carmen, Royal Blue, Forest Green, Gold Krystol (optic), Crystal (optic), and Heatherbloom (optic). Etchings have been seen in Apple Blossom, Gloria,Portia, Lorna, and Rosepoint (Gold Encrusted). Frosted stem versions also exist. The Banquet Goblet is rare and much harder to find than the table goblet.
Forest Green Banquet Goblet with Gloria Etching
The Table Goblet was manufactured during that same time frame, discontinued, and then reintroduced in the 1950s.
The Table Goblet was made in all the same colors as the Banquet Goblet. In addition, Table Goblets were made in Mandarin Gold, Moonlight Blue, Pink, Pistachio, Royal Blue, and Smoke. Crackle glass bowl versions are rare but can be found in Carmen, Mandarin Gold, Moonlight Blue, Pink, Pistachio, and Smoke.
Comparison of Banquet Goblet (L) and Table Goblet (R). The colors are Gold Krystol with optic pattern and Royal Blue.
Saucer Champagne 3011/3 6 oz. (7 3/8” tall, 4” diameter at the top, 4 3/4” mid-size stem). These are a bit larger than you might expect. They come with the medium size nude stem and are substantial glasses.
Colors include Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Gold Krystol (optic), Heatherbloom (optic), Carmen, Royal Blue, Crystal, Pistachio, Smoke, Pink, Mandarin Gold And Emerald Green. It was also made with a crackle glass bowl in smoke, mandarin gold, carmen and moonlight blue (reported but not found). Shown here is a pair of crystal optic champagnes.
It has been seen with several etchings including Gloria, Apple Blossom, Vichy, Chintz #1 (gold encrusted Carmen), and Rose Point (gold encrusted).
The champagne was produced from 1931 to the mid 1940’s. It was resurrected from 1955 to 1958 when it was offered in Carmen and the newer colors Pistachio, Pink (rare), Mandarin Gold, and Smoke. Except for Carmen, the crackle finish was only made from 1955 to 1958. Crackle glass nudes are rare, hard to find, and expensive.
L to R: Royal Blue, Pink, Carmen, Smoke
Hock (or Hoch) 3011/5 6 oz. (7 3/4” tall, 2 3/4” diameter at the top, 4 3/4” mid-size stem).
Colors include Amethyst, Forest Green, Topaz, Gold Krystol, Royal Blue, and Carmen. Crystal was made with optic bowls. Vichy is the only known etching.
The Hock is rare and hard to find. As an example, an Amethyst Hock like this sold for $1700 at the 2004 NCC Auction.
L to R: Carmen, Topaz, Amethyst Hocks
Roemer 3011/6 5 oz. (7 1/2” tall, 2 1/8” diameter at the top, 4 3/4” mid-size stem).
Colors include Amethyst, Forest Green, Topaz, Crystal (optic), Gold Krystol, Royal Blue, and Carmen. Vichy is the only known etching.
The Roemer is rare and hard to find. One of these Royal Blue Roemers sold a few years ago for $1800. Another one sold a few years later at the NCC auction for $650 (with small chip on underside of foot). Any damage greatly reduces value.
L to R: Royal Blue, Forest Green, & Amethyst Roemers
Sauterne 3011/8 4 oz. (Just over 6 1/2” tall, 2 5/8” diameter at the top, 4 ” smallest size stem).
4 oz. (Just over 6 1/2” tall, 2 5/8” diameter at the top, 4 ” smallest size stem).
Colors included Amethyst, Forest Green, Royal Blue, Carmen, Topaz, and Gold Krystol (optic)
The Sauterne is rare and hard to find.
L to R: Amethyst and Royal Blue Sauternes
Functional Shapes and Colors
The 3011 Statuesque line wasn’t only about stemware or drinking vessels. There are a number of functional items as well. The product line included a number of compotes or comports (cupped and flared, blown and pressed, large and small), lidded Cigarette Boxes (tall and short), covered Candy Dish, Mint Dish, Ivy Ball Vase, Bud Vase, Flying Lady Bowl, Candlesticks and Candelabra, Ashtrays, Cigarette Holders, and Sweetmeat.
Page reproduced from Cambridge Catalog showing the 3011 line
Flying Lady Bowl 3011/40
Also described as a Flower Center or Fruit Center
This is a large bowl. The top width varies from 7¼ to 7¾” at the widest point. The length from back of the shell to the lady’s chin varies from 12” to 12½”. The overall height is 9” at the front and 4½” at the back.
Amber Flying Lady Bowl
The Flying Lady Centerpiece Bowl (SS40) was so popular that Cambridge made it in eight different colors. It is an oblong shell shaped bowl with a nude sea maid poised on the front of the shell like an old ship’s maidenhead. It measures 12” long, 9.25” tall, and is 7.5” wide.
The Flying Lady is shown here in Windsor Blue, a color that was introduced in mid 1937. It is an opaque color that had a very short-lived production run of less than 3 years. It is a sought after color by collectors.
Cambridge made a lot of these in Crown Tuscan (photo below). They are frequently seen and typically sell in the $2-300 range (2013 prices). Plain crystal may also be found in the same price range. In approximate order of increasing scarcity, the colors are: Crown Tuscan, Crystal, Moonstone (frosted crystal with inside of bowl and foot unfrosted), Amber, Carmen, Windsor Blue, Amethyst,Royal Blue, Moonlight, and Forest Green. Some of these can be very expensive.
Charleton decorated Crown Tuscan Flying Ladies are also seen (painted flowers).
Crown Tuscan Flying Lady
Tall Cupped Comport (Compote) The nude is 6” (largest size). The top width is 6 3/8” (catalog states 7”). The overall height is 7¾” - 8”.
These comports are known to have been made in Carmen, Royal Blue, Crystal, Forest Green, Amethyst, Amber, Gold Krystol, Heatherbloom (Rare), and Crown Tuscan. Carmen and Crystal are relatively easy to find.
They have been seen in crystal with etchings in Apple Blossom, Diane, Portia, and Minerva. There is a Gloria etched tall comport in Forest Green.
There is some debate as to whether a Moonlight tall cupped comport was made by Cambridge or by Imperial using the Cambridge mold. To the best of our current knowledge, both companies did make a tall Moonlight comport in very limited numbers. The Imperial versions are said to have always been made with a satin stem. A Moonlight tall cupped comport with the satin stem is a striking piece. Over the years, there have been very few of the tall Moonlight comports that have surfaced, be they either Cambridge or Imperial.
The Heatherbloom version is shown here
Short Cupped Comport (Compote) The nude is 4 3/4” (middle size). The top width is 6 3/8” (catalog states 7”). The overall height is 6¾” - 7”. These are just like the tall comports made earlier, except they used the middle size nude stem rather than the larger one.
The short cupped comports were made in the reopen period from 1955 to 1958. Colors are Smoke, Carmen, Pink, Mandarin Gold, Moonlight Blue, and Pistachio with crystal stem and foot. The short comports have not been found with decorations.
Short Cupped Comport with Smoke Bowl
Flared Comport (Compote) The nude is 6” (largest size). The top width is 7” at the widest point. The overall height is 7¾” - 8”.
These comports are known to have been made in Carmen, Royal Blue, Crystal, Forest Green, Amethyst, Amber, Gold Krystol, Heatherbloom, Crown Tuscan (bowl, stem, & foot), and Crown Tuscan with ebony foot (very rare).
The tall Comports, both cupped and flared were made with the Diane, Apple Blossom and Gloria etchings on crystal and some colors. They have been seen in crown tuscan with gold encrusted and gold silk screen decorations (etched Porita for example). They have also been found with the blue and white enamel Yale Bulldog decoration. Comports in crystal were also available with Rock Crystal cuttings.
The flared comport has been seen with Chintz #1 (shown here) etching on crystal, and also with the Elaine etch.
The tall Comports were made in the 1930’s - 40’s. There were never any short flared comports.
Carmen Flared Comport
Seashell Comport - Short SS10 (The nude is 4” (smallest size). The top width is 5” by 5¼”. The overall height is 5½”).
These shell comports are included here because they have nude stems, even though they weren’t technically part of the 3011 Statuesque line.
The bowls were made in the shape of a seashell, hence the name. The bowl and stem were molded together in one piece rather than attached. Thus they were only made in solid colors.
The small Seashell Comports were made in the colors of Crystal, Crown Tuscan, and Windsor Blue. These are plentiful in Crystal and Crown Tuscan but very scarce in Windsor Blue.
Short Crown Tuscan Seashell Comport
Seashell Comport - Large SS11 (The nude is 6” (largest size). The top width is 7” by 7¼”. The overall height is 7¾”).
The tall Seashell Comports were made in the colors of crystal and crown tuscan which are fairly common and easy to find. They were also made in Emerald Green, Mandarin Gold and Windsor Blue which are harder to find and more valuable.
The bowl orientation isn’t consistent on the seashell comports. The flat section is sometimes to the rear and sometimes to the side.
Windsor Blue Seashell Comport
Both the short and tall crown Tuscan seashell comports have been found with painted Charleton decorations (flowers). Shown here is a large Crown Tuscan shell comport with the Charleton Gardeni decoration.
5 3/8” (Blown) Comport 3011/27 (The nude is 4 3/4” (middle size). The width is 5 3/8”. The height of the bowl 2”. The overall height is 7 1/4 to 7 3/8”),
The bowl was blown into a mold and then cut off and attached to the stem. This gives the piece a very thin and attractive bowl.
Shown here in Amber. It was also made in Carmen, Gold Krystol, Royal Blue, Amethyst, Forest Green, and Crystal.
The blown comports were manufactured in the 1930’s and discontinued in the 1940s. They are very hard to find and highly sought after by collectors.
Covered Candy Dish 3011/28 (The nude is 4½” (middle size). The width is 5 3/8”. The height of the bowl and lid together is 4½”. The overall height is approximately 9¾”).
When a matching blown lid was added to the blown comport, it became a candy dish.
This is perhaps the rarest and most sought after nude shape. Most of them are in private collections and seldom seen for sale.
Covered Sweetmeat 3011 - The nude is 4½” (middle size). The width is 4”. The height of the bowl and lid is 4”. The overall height is 9 ½”.
One of the rarest and hard to find, and most desirable nudes.
The lid is the same as the larger puff box from the 3500 line. Colors were Amber, Carmen, Forest Green, & Royal Blue.
The base is interchangeable with the champagne. It is possible to assemble a sweetmeat using a champagne glass and a matching puff box lid. There are known examples in Pink and Heatherbloom, though it is unclear whether they were sold as Sweetmeats by Cambridge or assembled later by collectors.
Ivy Ball 3011/25 (The Nude stem is 4 3/4” (middle size made). The top width of the Ivy Ball at its widest point is 4”. The length of the ivy ball is 4”. The overall height is 9½” - 9¾”).
The Ivy Ball is known in Carmen, Royal Blue, Crystal, Forest Green, Amethyst, Amber, Gold Krystol and the late Colors Moonlight Blue, Pink, Pistachio, Mandarin Gold, Emerald Green and Smoke.
The Ivy Ball is known in Crystal with a Caprice optic top but only three examples are known to exist (shown here).
These were inexpensive when first introduced. People would buy them to grow ivy cuttings in a kitchen window. That’s why many of them are found to have hard water deposits inside and small nicks on the top surface where they bumped against the kitchen faucet when adding water. Collectors should carefully inspect before purchase.
The ivy ball was manufactured through the 1940s and into the 1950s. Crackle glass versions in smoke and pink are known from the late 1950s (extremely rare). Like most of the nudes, the Ivy Ball was available with a frosted stem as shown here in Royal Blue.
Most all of the ivy ball vases were made with the same 4.5 inch diameter spherical vase. However, some of the early vases were made with a flat bottom as shown here. We can only speculate that they may have adapted an existing mold for this purpose, and later replaced with a spherical globe mold. The flat bottom version is relatively rare.
Mint dish 3011/29 (The nude is 4½” (middle size made). The shell is 3¾” by 4”. The overall height is 7”).
The Mint Dish was manufactured in Carmen, Royal Blue, Crystal, Amethyst, Amber and Gold Crystal. It is rare and hard to find in any of those colors with Royal Blue and Carmen being the most sought after by collectors.
The bowl of the Mint Dish is shaped like a sea shell with part of the bowl jutting upward on one side. As can be seen from the photo below, the bowls weren’t always oriented in the same direction when attached to the stem. The raised part can be on either the girl’s right or left side.
Bud Vase 3011/26 (The nude stem is 6” (largest size made). The widest part is 2½”. The length of the vase is 3¾”. The overall height is 10½”).
The Bud Vase is known in Carmen, Royal Blue, Crystal, Forest Green, Amethyst, Amber and Gold Crystal. It is shown here in Royal Blue with frosted stem.
The bud vase is hard to find and sought after by collectors. It is a bold and striking piece.
It was originally used in the same manner as the Ivy Ball Vase so collectors should check for hard water deposits inside the vase and tiny nicks or chips on the top edge.
Candlesticks and Candelabras
Candlesticks can be a bit confusing because there were several different mold types and variations with distinct features. All are hard to find and valuable.
The crown tuscan candlesticks are found with various gold encrusted etchings such as Diane, Candlelight, Rosepoint, Portia and Chintz. Also, with Charleton decorations. The crystal candlesticks are found with various cuttings.
Tapered Bowl or Cup - ( The nude is 6” (largest size). The top width is 2”. The top length is 2 1/8”. The bowl height is 1 ¾”. The overall height is 8 3/8 to 8 5/8”)
Perhaps the most frequently encountered would be the design shown here. Note that the top surface is lined with petals that don’t lie flat. The amethyst bowl or cup that holds the candle has a considerable taper from top to bottom.
Bulbous Bowl or Cup - (The nude is 6” (largest size). The top width is 2”. The top length is 2¼”. The bowl height is 2”. The overall height is 8¾” - 9”.)
In this version, the candlestick is a bit taller, and the top surface is flatter. The bowl has a more bulbous shape and doesn’t taper as much as the othert version.
To further confuse matters, this version was often ground flat on the top surface. We aren’t sure why Cambridge did that (possibly so Cambridge arms would lay flat if used with these).
Here is a full view of an Amber candlestick with bulbous flat ground top.
Bobeche with locking top and prisms - (The nude is 6” (largest size). The top width is 2”. The top length is 2½”. The overall height is 9”).
The bobeche style has an addition to the candle bowl that holds the bobeche. There are small nubs on top of the candle cup edge which the bobeche fits over. Crystal prisms can be attached to the bobeche through small holes as shown here.
Candelabras and Epergnes
The candlesticks with bobeches could be combined with other Cambridge piece to make elaborate displays. Here we have a pair of Crown Tuscan Statuesque Epergnes consisting of Candlestick, Crystal Bobeche, #1435 Arm, and #2355 Crown Tuscan vases (2). A very rare and beautiful combination.
An epergne is a candlestick possessing an arm that holds bud vases. Cambridge made several sizes of these bud vases, bobeches of different designs, and several types of prisms. Putting together a set like this, with parts that fit together, can be a bit complicated, and the parts are very hard to find.
Cigarette Box (3011) Short Stem - The nude stem is 4 3/4” (middle size nude). The cigarette box is 3 1/8” x 3 5/8”. The height of the cigarette box is 2”. The overall height is approximately 71⁄2”.
Cigarette Box (3011) Tall Stem - The nude stem is 6” (largest size nude). The cigarette box is 3 1/8” x 3 5/8”. The height of the cigarette box is 2”. The overall height is approximately 9”.
The only difference between short and tall cigarette boxes is the size of the nude stem. These are highly sought after by collectors and are increasingly hard to find. The tall may be a little harder to find than the short.
Sometimes the bases are found without lids. If one of these is accidentally tipped over, the lid may go sprawling and be broken. The base is more likely to survive such an accident. For this reason, the lids are more scarce than the more elaborate bases, and at least as valuable.
Both the tall and short stem cigarette boxes are found in Carmen, Royal Blue, Amber, Forest Green, Gold Krystol, Amethyst, Crystal and Crown Tuscan.
The short stem cigarette box has been found in crystal with cuttings; crown tuscan gold encrusted Diane, Chintz, Portia and Rose Point; gold encrusted silk screen lace pattern; carmen gold encrusted Portia; Forest Green, Amber, Amber etched Diane, and Royal Blue etched Diane and gold encrusted (shown here). It has been found in crown tuscan with an ebony foot (extremely rare).
The tall stem cigarette box is found in carmen, royal blue, amber, forest green, gold krystol, amethyst, crystal and crown tuscan. It has been found decorated with black and red enamel lines. The tall cigarette box is known in Forest Green etched Diane.
Any of the cigarette boxes, except Crown Tuscan, may be found with frosted stem.
L to R: Tall Carmen, Short Crystal, Tall Gold Krystol, Tall Royal Blue, Short Carmen, Tall Forest Green.
Ashtray 3011(The nude is 4 1/2” (middle size nude). The diameter of ashtray is 3”. The height of the ashtray is 1”. The overall height is 6 3/8”).
The ashtray is found in Carmen, Royal Blue, Amber , Forest Green, Gold Krystol, Amethyst, Crystal, Crown Tuscan and the later colors of Moonlight Blue, Emerald Green, Mandarin Gold, Smoke, Pink and Pistachio.
The Crown Tuscan ashtray was made with an ebony foot (very rare). The Crystal ashtray can be found with cutting; Crown Tuscan with gold encrusted Diane, Chintz, Portia and Rose Point etchings; gold encrusted silk screen lace pattern; and carmen gold encrusted Portia etching.
Ashtrays are considered desirable and hard to find. The later colors are harder to find, and more expensive, than the original colors. Any of these may be found with frosted stem.
L to R: Royal Blue, Forest Green, Smoke
Cigarette Holder 3011 (The nude stem is 4 3/4” (middle size nude). The cigarette holder is 3 1/8” x 2 7/8”. The height of the cigarette holder is 2 5/8”. The overall height is about 71⁄2”. The ash tray foot is 3 5/8” in diameter.
The cigarette holder was made with a cupped ashtray foot. The cigarette holder is found in Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Carmen, Royal Blue, and Crystal. It was probably made in Gold Krystol as well.
The cigarette holder is a very attractive item, hard to find, and highly sought after by collectors.
The cigarette holders were discontinued in the 1940s. They have not been found with etchings or decorations. However crystal cigarette holders with cuttings have been found.
L to R: Royal Blue, Amber, Carmen Cigarette Holders w cupped foot
The Cambridge Glass Company was known for beautiful colored glass introduced over the years.
The books, Colors in Cambridge, and Colors in Cambridge II are must haves for Cambridge collectors. The colors shown aren’t all perfectly reproduced but each book is very useful, not only for identifying colors, but for item identification and pricing info. Colors in Cambridge II is available from NCC’s bookstore http://www.cambridgeglass.org/booksforsale.php. The older book was available from Amazon.com at the time of this writing.
In addition to viewing the pictures in this tutorial, there are many example photos posted on the National Cambridge Collector’s (NCC) website and on the Miami Valley Study Group (MVSG) website (Click the link and then search for 3011) http://albums.mvsg.org/index.php?file=search_album/search.
There is a very helpful webpage on the MVSG site showing all the Cambridge colors (not just those used for the nude stems). It can be found here with accompanying details: mvsg.org/colors
Some of the colors were harder to produce. Carmen, for example, required two firings to develop the bright red color. There is a significant variation in the color Carmen from very dark red to a vivid bright red (example: compare the dark Carmen Hock in the above photo with the bright Carmen Wine). In other words, all Carmen is not the same.`
Many nude collectors confuse the yellow and yellow green colors. The picture below shows a Mandarin Gold candy dish on the left. It is a darker yellow than Gold Krystol on the right. However, the two are almost impossible to tell apart in thinner sections, such as the thin top of the bowls. Mandarin Gold gathers in thicker sections whereas Gold Krystol does not. The cocktail glass next to the candy dish is Pistachio, a light yellow green (more green than yellow). Topaz is a yellow vaseline glass recognizable by the greenish tints caused by the uranium oxide in its formula. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that Topaz isn’t correctly depicted in the original Colors in Cambridge book (looks like Mandarin Gold there).
L to R: Mandarin Gold, Pistachio, Topaz, Gold Kyrstol
The nude stem pieces are listed here in terms of approximate increasing value and rarity. The least valuable, and most common nude stem is the cocktail with crystal bowl and ebony stem.
Ebony, Crystal, Amber, Mandarin Gold, Emerald, Amethyst, Gold Krystol, Mocha, Royal Blue, Carmen, Pink, Pistachio, Tahoe Blue, Moonlight Blue, Smoke, Heatherbloom, and Topaz.
This list is a good rule of thumb, but you can’t take it literally because there are exceptions. For example, Royal Blue and Carmen Roemers are harder to find that a Topaz Roemer. A Crystal V Cocktail may be the rarest in that shape.
NCC’s President, David Ray, put together this chart showing nude colors that have actually been seen as of the year 2013. It is possible that there could be further additions to this chart in the future. There are some items that are documented in the company’s publications that haven’t surfaced to date.
Cambridge Etchings and Decorations
Nude stems with etchings or decorations are so rare and expensive that they’ve become the province of the advanced collector with sufficient resources available to afford expensive collectibles.
This discussion will hit a few high points, show some examples, and provide links to sources of additional information. It will not be a comprehensive survey of Cambridge etchings and decorations.
Cambridge had quite a few etchings in their product line. Etchings were the primary identifying characteristic of many of the most successful Cambridge product lines. For an overview of the etching process, refer to David Ray’s 2008 Crystal Ball article linked here: http://www.cambridgeglass.org/articles/0508/08crystalball415c.php
Etchings most likely to be found on a nude stem piece are Diane, Apple Blossom, Rose Point, Portia, Gloria, Chintz, and Vichy.
An advertisement for Rose Point etched stemware. Of all the Cambridge etchings, Rose Point has been the most popular. An item etched Rose Point is likely to be a bit more valuable than the same item with a different etching.
Cambridge early 1930’s catalog illustration showing a saucer champagne etched Apple Blossom.
Cambridge early 1930’s catalog illustration showing a table goblet etched Gloria.
A 3011 Crystal Claret etched Diane and then gold encrusted. An item like this in could condition might fetch $2000 plus or minus several hundred. The gold would show signs of wear if the glass was used a lot. Therefore condition is important when valuing an item like this.
A pair of Crown Tuscan Candlesticks etched Rose Point and gold encrusted. A similar pair sold for $1250 in the NCC 2012 auction
A very rare Heatherbloom Claret with Apple Blossom Etching. Estimated value $2,000 to $2,500.
Decorations and Special Treatments
A wide variety of decorations and special treatments were applied to the Statuesque line over the years.
Frosted Stems - The simplest and most often found special treatment would be the frosted stem. The item was dipped in acid which frosted any part of the glass that was not covered with wax or another protective coating. Frosted stems were first mentioned in 1937 and appeared in the 1940 catalog. Just about every nude stem could be ordered with frosted stem. Most of the items are found with just the stem frosted but not the foot. However, there were some items with both the stem and foot frosted (mostly 3011/9 Cocktails and 3011/13 Brandies). It is a matter of personal opinion as to whether a frosted stem improves the appearance of an item. In this author’s opinion, it doesn’t always make for a better looking piece, but with some items and colors it can be very attractive. The tall cigarette box pictured here is a good example. I have observed that frosted stem versions do tend to be a bit more expensive than plain stems in most instances. However, the price bump is not likely to be very large.
Painted Decorations - Hand painted decorations were added to some 3011 nude stem items.
The most common painted decorations were done by Abels, Wasserberg & Company using their Charleton brand name. Their floral decorations are most commonly found on some Crown Tuscan pieces, especially cupped comports (both large and small), candlesticks, and flying lady bowls (as shown here). They are also found on some crystal pieces. Most of the Charleton decorations included gold accents.
Common Charleton decorations, such as the relatively common rose pattern (shown here on the right), may only slightly increase the value of a piece, if at all. However, there are some rarely seen Charleton patterns than can substantially add to prices when found. Blue Mist, shown here on the left, is one of those. Note that there can also be some color variations in Crown Tuscan pieces. For more in-depth information on Charleton decorations, refer to this Crystal Ball article by Helen Klemco http://www.cambridgeglass.org/articles/charletonarticle.php
Cambridge did all their own gold work at the factory. An item like the carmen Champagne, pictured here in Gold Encrusted Chintz#1, is quite rare and valuable.
There were also some enameled decorations. Shown here is a Crown Tuscan Cigarette Box with black enamel trim. Such decorations are extremely rare.
Here is another example of an enamel decoration. This is a very rare Crown Tuscan flared comport with red enamel decoration.
Crackle Glass - Some of the most beautiful, scarce, and valuable nude stems were produced during the reopen period from 1955 to 1958. These are the crackle glass nudes that were made in Carmen, Smoke, Pink, Mandarin Gold, and Pistachio. There are reports that Carmen crackle glass was made in the 1940s. The 1956 price list also included Moonlight Blue but actual examples of crackle glass in that color have not been found. Just three items were offered: the TableGoblet, Saucer Champagne and Cocktail.
Pink Crackle Table Goblet
These crackle glass items were originally offered to dealers at a price of $30.00 per dozen. If you can find one of these glasses for sale today (not easy), you are likely to pay well over $500, perhaps more than $1000 depending on shape, color, and condition. Too bad we didn’t buy a few dozen back in the 1950s.
Smoke Crackle Table Goglet
Carmen Crackle Champagne
Gold and Silver Overlays -Some nude stems can be found decorated with gold or silver metal overlays. These vary considerably in design and can be quite rare.
Here is a Carmen flared comport edged with an ornate gold band
Several sterling silver designs were applied to Cambridge glass by the Rockwell Silver Company. These were sterling silver overlays applied to the glass. There were at least three Silver decorations from Rockwell. They were found on saucer champagnes, clarets, and goblets. The nude stem was usually frosted. This silver decoration quite rare and items decorated in this manner are valuable. For instance, a frosted claret with the Rockwell duck overlay (as pictured here) went for $2,700 in the 2004 NCC auction. That was an unusually high price but this is a rare and valuable item.
Rockwell Silver Overlay
Here is an example of a silver overlaid cupped comport. This one has a silver band around the bowl, a dragon on top of the bowl, a metalic ring around the foot, and the stem is heavily silver plated. One like this sold a few years ago for $3600.
Prices and Collector Value - A subject of great interest to every dealer and collector.
About Price Trends - Getting a handle on prices can seem a bit daunting for a new collector. How do you know that you won’t be paying too much if you are a buyer, or selling too cheaply if you are a seller?
When new, Cambridge nude stemware originally sold to glass dealers for ten, twenty, or thirty dollars per dozen pieces. Prices have gone up far more than inflation. Over the long haul, these items have been a great investment for collectors.
However, prices of collectible glass have dropped from the high point in the early 2000’s. Perhaps it is because of the recessionary economy and economic worries? Perhaps visibility on the Internet has made it easier to find bargains? Perhaps some types of collectibles are going out of style (example: Collectible glass dinnerware — cups, saucers, plates, etc. have seen a big drop off in demand). For whatever reason, prices have trended downward for nearly ten years.
Cambridge nude stems have not been unaffected by this trend, but have fared better than most other lines because their popularity continues unabated. With regard to the nudes, it is the more common items that have been most by downward pricing pressure. The rare and hard to find items have fared much better at holding their value.
If you assume that prices will eventually resume their long term upward trend, then today’s lower prices could be a significant buying opportunity.
How to think about prices - I like to think of nude stem prices as usually falling between two extremes: Wholesale & Retail.
Wholesale is the price that a glass dealer will willingly pay to buy an item. Retail is the price you would expect to pay at a large national retailer like Replacements, Inc. (http://www.replacements.com) or at a major glass show.
Retail glass dealers must have a sufficient margin to pay employee salaries, rent, advertising, and other business and overhead expenses. Glass show dealers often carry their inventory cross country. Their prices must be high enough to cover travel time and expenses, set up and tear down, breakage, etc. A dealer who attends twelve shows a year, each in a different city far apart, has only a few direct selling days each month. That’s a tough business model unless he has another venue.
Prices found on eBay and from online web dealers can vary considerably but most prices fall somewhere between wholesale and retail.
So, for example, instead of thinking that a particular nude is a $200 item, I might think of it as a $150 (wholesale) to $250 (retail) item. In other words, I try to gauge the price range that this item is likely to sell within. Then I make my buying and selling decisions within that range. If it is an item that I’ve really been wanting and hunting for over time, then paying full retail seems a reasonable option. If, on the other hand, I see an item available at or near the wholesale end of my range, then it may be too good a bargain to pass up.
Historical prices on very rare items can’t always be used to forecast prices of future sales. When there are just a few items known to exist, they often change hands privately in arms length transactions between friends.
Start tracking price information
If you are just starting out, you can’t expect to instantly become an expert on all nude stem prices.
Define some areas of interest and track those prices. The idea is to collect data points from both the retail and wholesale ends of the spectrum and points in between. Once you’ve collected enough data points, you’ll start to see a pattern. That’s when you’ll begin to have a handle on prices.
Perhaps you want to collect items in the color Royal Blue. Or maybe you are especially interested in acquiring a complete set of the cocktail glasses (all colors). It could there that there are certain shapes that you like — the bud vase, the V Cocktail, etc.
Where to look for pricing info
Collector books like ‘Colors in Cambridge II’ usually have price estimates for items shown in the book. These prices are estimates from experts so they should be in the ballpark. Books like this that have been published, or updated within the last ten years or so may still have pricing info that is useful.
NCC Auction Prices - National Cambridge Collectors (NCC) conducts their annual auction and they then publish sold prices after the auction. These auctions are attended by the most serious Cambridge glass collectors. In other words, these bidders are very knowledgeable. This may be the most credible pricing information for higher priced rare items that these bidders look for. When reviewing auction prices though, don’t forget that all auctions involve competitive bidding There is always the possibility of a price being driven up by emotional bidding, as when two or more bidders are determined to win an item.
I think NCC auction bidders may turn up their noses at the more common items which most of them already have. You can find those prices on the NCC website. Look for the 3011 sold items on those lists. Here is a link:
Here is a sample of the actual NCC auction selling prices with emphasis on the harder to find items that have sold since 2000:
2000 Forest Green Brandy 3011/13 $300; Royal Blue Cocktail 3011/9 $500; 3011/9 Tahoe Blue Cocktail $500
2001 Pink Brandy 3011/13 $275; Carmen Ivy Ball $425; Tahoe Blue Brandy $310; Moonlight Blue Brandy $165; Amber Candlestick $300; Carmen Table Goblet $260; Heatherbloom brandy $350; Amethyst Banquet Goblet $450
2002 Smoke Cocktail $375; Amethyst cupped comport $550; Smoke short cupped comport $500; Royal Blue brandy $295; Forest Green ivy ball $335; Royal Blue flared comport $425; Crystal cordial 3011/14 $325; Amethyst Mint Dish 3011/24 $1,250
2003 Pistachio cocktail 3011/9 $205; Carmen Cupped tall comport $275; Royal Blue cocktail 3011/9 $400; Carmen ivy ball $350
2004 Carmen champagne $225; Moonlight Blue cocktail $310; Royal Blue flared comport $390; Frosted crystal Claret Rockwell Sterling Duck overlay 3011/9 $2,700; Tahoe Blue cocktail 3011/9 $350; Amethyst Nude Hock 3011/5 $1,700;
2005 Crystal Nude Wine 3011/12 $265; Forest Green Cordial 3011/14 $375; Amethyst Cordial 3011/14 $500; Carmen Ashtray $310; Pink 3011/9 Cocktail $235; Carmen Cordial 3011/14 $825; Tahoe Blue Cocktail $375;
2006 Smoke short cupped comport $425; Smoke Crackle Glass Table Goblet $675; Crystal Cigarette Box & Lid $330; Royal Blue Tulip Cocktail 3011/11 $850;
2007 Tahoe Blue Cocktail 3011/9 $245; Heatherbloom Table Goblet $450; Gold Krystol Banquet Goblet $550;
2008 Tahoe Blue cocktail $325; Carmen Ashtray $350; Crystal Champagne $160; Amethyst Claret $220; Pink Cocktail $175; Crystal Ivy Ball optic $165
2009 Crystal Flying Lady 3011/40 $350; Froste Table Goblet Rockwell Sterling Overlay $525; Crystal Cupped Comport etched Apple Blossom $450; Forest Green Cupped Comport Gloria etching $1300
2010 Pair of Nude Candlestics Forest Green (tiny nick & mfg flaw) $700; Forest Green Table Goblet $135; Crown Tuscan flared comport $115
2011 Royal Blue Ivy Ball $325; Forest Green V-Cocktail $525; Topaz Cocktail Crown Tuscan stem $800; Heatherbloom Claret $250; Pistachio Brandy $200; Amethyst V-Cocktail $525; Royal Blue Cocktail Crown Tuscan stem $750; Moonlight Blue Brandy $200; Amethyst Cordial 3011/14 $400
2012 Royal Blue Roemer (fleabite under foot) $650; Topaz Roemer $775; Forest Green V-Cocktail $500; Crown Tuscan Candlesticks Pair etched Rose Point $1250; Crystal Cigarette Box short $250; Amethyst V-Cocktail $500
2013 Pink Table Goblet $260; Windsor Blue Flying Lady $1300; Amethyst Roemer $600; Amethyst Cocktail Crown Tuscan Stem $325; Crown Tuscan Ashtray Black Enamel Foot $975; Windsor Blue Candlesticks (pair) $1000; Amethyst Mint Dish 3011/29 $775; Topaz Cocktail Crown Tuscan Stem (bubble in bowl) $625; Amber Wine frosted stem $360
Online Dealer Prices - Search online sellers for terms like 3011, statuesque, and nude stem. These sites should include replacements.com, rubylane.com, trocadero.com, goantiques.com, etsy.com, TIAS.com, cyberattic.com, etc. You can also search Google for 3011 Cambridge and then click the Shopping link.
Ebay sold item prices can be viewed for 90 days after the sale. Search eBay for Cambridge Nude and then click the Sold Items link. You can collect both asking prices and sold prices if you want more data points.
You shouldn’t take eBay prices too seriously though. There are frequent examples where eBay prices have proven to be invalid. For example, I purchased what I thought was a real bargain priced Topaz cocktail with Crown Tuscan stem for only $250, or about a third of what I thought it was worth. Turns out it was Gold Krystol rather than Topaz. It was returned for a refund. However, my purchase appeared on Ebay’s sold items history.
Another example was a Windsor Blue shell comport that sold for only $275, just a fraction of its true worth. In that instance, an unknowledgeable seller used eBay’s Buy it Now option set at a below market price. You should try to recognize and ignore such false data points, which are not an indication of true worth.
Ebay auction prices can be very high, as when two or three eager collectors are competing to obtain a prized item.
They can be very low when there aren’t interested bidders that week for a particular item. Low eBay selling prices are also often explained by one or more of the following factors: Poor quality photos, wrong category, multiple sales of the same item in rapid sequence, etc. Sometimes it can simply be a short time exposure. Not all nude stem collectors are following eBay on a day by day basis. When an item comes up for only five or seven days, it can be missed by people who would likely bid up the price. Dealers will often put in a low bid hoping to get lucky. Many (most?) collectors won’t bid if the item is as duplicate of one that they already have. Most collectors won’t bid on sets (multiples of the same item).
Paid Services - You can also consider subscribing to a service like Worthpoint.com which collects eBay and other prices going back several years.
More thoughts on prices - Here is a photo (courtesy of Gene Florence and Collector Books) showing most of the nudes in proportion to their size. The color is Royal Blue. This is a great photo which shows the relative sizes of the various nude shapes.
These are the basic nude stems, devoid of decoration and etchings. I’m going to try to give a range of prices for these items from wholesale to retail (as of 2013). These prices only refer to the most common colors: Amber, Amethyst, Forest Green, Carmen, and Royal Blue. Carmen and Royal Blue are usually more expensive than those other colors. Rare colors, like Topaz, Pistachio, Pink, Heatherbloom, Smoke, Tahoe Blue, and Moonlight will probably be more costly. With a few exceptions, plain crystal might fall below these prices.
Row 1 (L to R):
Cordial $400 to $650
Brandy $75 to $175
V Cocktail $500 to $750
Cocktail $75 to $150
Wine $300 to $550
Tulip Cocktail $500 to $750
Sauterne $350 to $500
Row 2 (L to R)
Ashtray $200 to $350
Saucer Champagne $150 to $250
Short Cigarette Box $350 to $550
Cigarette Holder $700 to $950
Claret $125 to $225
Row 3 (L to R)
Blown Comport - $450 to $850
Hock (or Hoch) - $400 to $800
Candlestick - $350 to $550
Tall Cigarette Box $400 to $600
Table Goblet $175 to $300
Row 4 (L to R)
Tall Cupped Comport $175 to $275
Sweetmeat $800 to $1300
Ivy Ball Vase $150 to $300
Banquet Goblet $400 to $600
Bud Vase $425 to $895
Mint Dish $700 to $1350
Where to buy and sell
Buying any type of fine collectible can easily turn into a lifetime search project. I’ve known nude stem collectors who have very constrained collecting interests (examples: Collects only one color; collects only the cocktails in all colors; collects only functional pieces (not stemware); etc. Most collectors want only one of each color and shape but a few collect sets.
Antique dealers can be found with many specializations ranging from furniture to dolls to glass. Do a little research to locate any dealers who specialize in glass and carry elegant glass such as Cambridge. They may be stand alone brick and mortar businesses or shops in an Antique Mall. If you live near a large antique mall, you can phone or email the mall’s owner to inquire as to whether some of their dealers carry Cambridge glass, especially the nudes. AntiqueMalls.com provides a map of the USA which is a great way to find antique malls by city and state http://www.antiquemalls.com. Here are a few good mall links: Penny Court Mall in Cambridge, Ohio https://www.facebook.com/PennyCourt, My Antique Mall with locations in Oregon and Washington , http://www.heartofohioantiques.biz, etc.
Many of our towns and cities have neighborhoods packed with antique stores. They range from large cities like Philadelphia and New Orleans to small towns. Antique Alley in Texas is a good example of an area with lots of antique shops http://antiquealleytexas.com. Of course, the area around Cambridge, Ohio can be fruitful to explore because of the company’s history in the region. Lynn Welker’s Margaret Lane Antiques in New Concord, Ohio has long been a leading source for Cambridge Nude Collectors (no web site).
Glass shows can be really great to attend if available in your area. National Cambridge Collectors (NCC) publishes a list of upcoming glass shows in the back pages of their Crystal Ball Newsletter. You can download the latest version here: http://www.cambridgeglass.org/articles/ecb/ecb1306.pdf. There are also listings of glass dealers in those same back pages.
Online Glass Dealers who carry Cambridge Nudes can be found by searching Google for 3011 Cambridge Nude and then clicking on the shopping link. A few of the dealers are linked here: Replacements, Inc. http://replacements.com, Our House Antiques http://www.ourhouseantiques.com, Patty Ann’s Glassware http://www.pattydep.com, Cambridge Nudes http://www.cambridgenudes.com, Dennis Bialek Glassware http://is.gd/qOmpb5,
Ebay There are always some Cambridge nudes for sale on eBay. Just search ebay for them and they’ll come up.
Most of the information found herein was derived from the work and publications of others. I can’t acknowledge them all, but would especially like to make note of several who contributed greatly to this effort.
Les Hansen, David Ray, Lynn Welker, Frank Wollenhaupt, and David ‘Squeek’ Rieker.
I would like to thank the nice folks at Collector Books for authorizing the use of some of the photos herein. Thanks also to Gene and Cathy Florence who authorized our use of photos from several of Gene’s books on collectible glass. Mark Nye’s book on Cambridge Stemware was very helpful. There were many more people who contributed a photo, an article with some useful information, or a comment that resulted in an edit. My thanks to all.
Here are some more great photos that further illustrate the beauty of this glass.
Crackle glass was only produced during the reopen period from 1955 to 1958. This is the cocktail glass with a smoke crackle bowl. Just gorgeous!
Here is a tall Moonlight cupped comport which we believe was manufactured by Cambridge but is very rare. Imperial used the Cambridge mold to make a similar comport after Cambridge closed. However, we believe the Imperial version always had a frosted (satin) stem.
Most of the Cambridge nudes were assembled from three pieces. The bowls were blown into a mold, the stems were pressed into a mold, and the feet were free formed by the glass worker. However, the Shell Comports were molded in one piece. Hence, they were a single color. Note the rich color in this Emerald Green Shell Comport.
This Amber Stem Cocktail was made by Imperial Glass with the Cambridge Molds they purchased in 1960 (after the Cambridge factory closure). Cambridge never made an amber stem nude. These were made as a special order for the Trader Vic’s restaurant chain. They are popular with Cambridge collectors despite the fact that they weren’t manufactured by Cambridge.
Gold Krystol was one of the early nude stem colors. It is a very light yellow that doesn’t gather in the thicker areas. Here you see a collection of Gold Krystol nude stems. L-R Flared Comport, Cocktail, V Cocktail (optic), Claret (optic), Brandy (optic, Tall Cigarette Box.