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Isn’t this a pretty center piece?  I like to have fresh flowers in the house.  Always so cheerful.

I have a number of vases hanging around.  It’s fun to match the blooms to a particular vase.  None of them are particularly old or valuable.

This one is marked with “O.C. Brody Co, Cleveland O. U.S.A.”.  It also has the number M5000 (I have no idea what that means).

It is very easy to find pieces with the Brody mark.  A couple remarks about the company’s history –

From The Glass Insulators’ Reference Site –  Brody (E.O.Brody)……..E.O. Brody & Company, Cleveland, OH (1959-to date). This is NOT a glass company, but instead is a jobber/distributor of products made especially for the florist industry. Information on Brody-marked glassware and where and by whom it is actually made seems rather hard to come by, but I suspect much of it was made by Indiana Glass Company or the Anchor Hocking Corporation. Mark often seen on the base of emerald green and white milkglass vases and floral containers of many types.”

A slightly different version from – Antiques and Dynasties  – “The E.O.Brody Glass Company was founded in 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Ernest Oscar Brody. Mr Brody was known as EO in the florists’ trade. His innovative idea was to sell utility glass floral containers exclusively to florists and to market them through wholesale florists who in turn would sell to retail florists. Initially he started the company with only four flower vases/containers in his portfolio. These were made by US glass manufacturers using EO’s own molds marked with the company name.
In 1971 the “E.O. Brody Company” was taken over by Lancaster Colony Corporation of Columbus, Ohio. In 1988 the company merged with Lancaster Colony’s housewares division, headquartered in Cincinnati. At this point in time the company name was changed to “Brody Company.”

The “Brody Company” continues to market glass utility floral containers and a small number of upscale vases exclusively to wholesale florists for redistribution to retail florists. ”

So…I have no idea when this was made.  It is solid and very attractive.  I read something recently that spoke to the ‘ordinariness’ of the O.C. Brody pieces.  But…the author went on to say that 100 years from now, these pieces may be considered valuable.  Who knows?  Value is attributed by individuals’ judgements.  I like this piece, although I know I’ll never sell it for a ton of money!


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