Sunday, November 27, 2011

“Frogs have it easy,

they can eat what bugs them.”

Well, I have been buggy the last couple days...Black Friday crazies...but pepper spray aside (a woman actually pepper sprayed people at a Walmart!!)), back to some interesting auction are some of the flower frogs I mentioned on Facebook a week or so ago. I did some research on flower frogs...there is even a book out on them...and it seems the author is not sure of the origin of the term. Her feeling is that it is slang perhaps for having "frog-like" characteristics...sitting in shallow water all day...but company catalogs never referred to the items as frogs. They were flower holders, arrangers, or blocks. Only rarely did the term "frog" occur in a patent.

Ancient Egyptians had vessels that held flowers in arrangements, and the Persians made vases with side spouts in the 13th century. What I love about this business is that one truly recognizes how amazing the ancient civilizations were without the aid of modern equipment not to mention a cell phone!

Although flower frogs reached their heyday in the United States in the mid-twenties and thirties during the flapper era, they can be traced back to the 16th century in Europe where it was customary for pottery and china houses to mark their pieces. Glass flower frogs were not generally marked prior to 1870, the year it became possible to record patents and trademarks on glassware.

The oldest known record for a U.S. frog is a patent issued to S. Van Stone in 1875 for a conical shaped flower stand with concentric rings of holes stacked pyramid fashion.
Another early creation is the mushroom-shaped, Mt. Washington condiment server/floral holder . A patent for this holder was issued to Andrew Snow, Jr. in 1893.
The first group are birds...these are German, and most were imported between the two world wars. In her book, Bull says that these were not of the "finest design" but by today's Made in China products, these are like fine pottery!
So, for the birds...enjoy...these are from an amazing collection...more next week...

Birds of a feather truly flocking together at The Dutch Rose!
“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”

1 comment:

cobayley said...

Susan...what a great read..your photos are wonderful..I really enjoyed it..