October 29, 2017
I have a small sauce dish (I think and which I realize I don’t think I have ever posted) and have long wanted a larger piece so that you can really see the lions. I came across this piece last weekend in St. Jacobs at the St. Jacobs Antiques Market. I was very surprised to see it. It was not very expensive, but I hesitated for a few minutes, but realized that I would be super, super sorry if I didn’t scoop it up!
I have only ever seen this piece online and didn’t realize that the finial had two faces!
The book American Pattern Glass Table Sets by Gene and Cathy Florence has some information on this line. They say (page 75) that the pattern is also known as Clear Lion Head, Frosted Atlanta, Late Lion, Square Lion and Square Lion Heads. They also state that the pattern was introduced in 1895 and that it was produced in crystal and crystal with frost (plain or etched).
I would love to know why it is called “Atlanta”. If anyone knows, please share.