Come in four sizes, but please note the height can vary up to 6mm (¼")
and some points can be higher than others.
The vases are susceptible to nibbles and
chips at the pointed tops and the
transfer design is also prone to
at the base. The medium (5") and oversize
(8") versions are
quite scarce, although can often
be confused with the next size down,
so do measure them carefully
on all points.
Measuring: if you're ever without a rule
and need to use something as a guide
then try a CD! These are exactly
in diameter. From the
edge of the inner hole to the
outer edge is exactly 2" (5.2cm).
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The most collectable of the better-known designs
appear to be the 'pop-art' ('psychedelic')
ones, with irregular swirls of bold colour.
collecting is the 'polka-dot' and 'gingham' cross-check designs,
which was the last
pattern created and only dates back to 1977 (despite what some
people would want you to believe!) and
were still being manufactured after 1981
by Fiesta Glass. The handerkerchief vases
also came in many different colours
(see below), although not all patterns used all the colours.
Naturally it would be extremely difficult
to try and categorise each design by
colour and rarity, so we do have to generalise!
Ones having plain stripes, either vertical
or horizontal (two of each
version) are not as popular due
to the large number
produced (Pinstripe was first produced
in the late 1950s), apart from the
transparent purple transfer, which
very often. In all cases the colours
can be varied, with the gingham vases
featuring a primary colour overprinting
dove-grey stripes, apart from two
examples. The large Handkerchief
vases are less often seen and also
fetch good prices, regardless
of the pattern type.
The last type is Aqualux and made from coloured glass (green, amber,
turquoise, blue, clear or red) with no transfer design. Instead there
was one plain glass and four using a textured surface; Dimpled, Hammered,
Chiselled and 'Bark' – probably
influenced by the popularity of Whitefriars 'bark' effect (or vice-versa).
collectable apart from
the 5, 7 & 8 inch versions and the red and clear variety that are
not often seen.
Other transfer types not often seen are;
has the angled geometric pattern, 'Wide
Bands' with three wide bands with
the top one being white. The 'Grid'
pattern does seem very uncommon but
the 'Fleur-de-Lys' pattern is
probably the rarest of the transfer-printed
The last rare one has only ever been seen once and is assumed to be Chance — it
certainly has all the hallmarks apart from the standard of glass, which is
not quite as smooth as the sheet glass on normal production models, although
this could be a limitation of the process used to create it.
it is NOT a transfer print but features glass with
a swirling pattern of mixed colours. Could be a similar process to that employed
by Davidson for their Cloud Glass or Malachite.
These are very scarce and fetch a premium price – some items have sold
for over £100 on eBay. Looking similar to 'normal' Chance Fiestaware
except the designs are cut through the 'flashed'
colour to reveal the clear glass underneath. They were released just prior to the introduction of the standard vases,
c.1958. Known colours are white (opaque with stylised 'leaf' design) and Ruby- and Blue-Bandell
(transparent with horizontal bands). These probably date no later than
c.1959 once the cheaper transfer printing process had been perfected.