“Lariat is the original name, although Heisey first referred ti the pattern as Gordian Knot……..The inspiration for this pattern was supposedly from the twisting of a heavy gold watch chain.” (page 300).
Tin Schmidt’s book – Central Glass Works: the Depression Era – has some interesting information about the line and etch. He says that the original name for the etch, created in the mid to late teens of the twentieth century was “Dragon”. But….:
“When President Harding, under pressure from the American Glass producers, wisely decided to use American made glassware on the tables of the White House for State Dinners, the pattern known as #401 received its historical name, Harding.”
Mr. Schmidt reminds us that the Griffins face each other in the etch and that their tongues are out lapping up water spraying from the fountain. If the Griffins are turned away, then this is likely Tiffin’s etch ‘Eldorado’.
On another note – came across the Central Glass Facebook page.
I am fairly comfortable that this is the correct ID on this piece, but of course am open to being corrected.
I used my book, “A Guide to Identification of Glass Center Handle Servers, monograph number 67 in the glass study series of The West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Ltd.” by Inez J. Austin.
As I have indicated in the past, this is a great guide. Very handly for identifying all those pretty pieces.
On another note….I visited the West Virginia Museum of American Glass last summer and I don’t think I posted any photos. It was a fantastic visit, so much beautiful glass to see and well worth a visit.