What's for sale?
This is an American salt shaker, in pale green opaque glass from the 1930s or 1940s. It has "SALT" printed in black and has a rust-proof, thin metal screw top. The trademarked Jadeite glass has a subtle marbled appearance and a slight translucence like porcelain. It's quite large for a salt shaker, but matches the other pieces in the range.
It's an old piece of kitchenware by the Jeannette Glass Company. They were founded in the city of Jeannette, Pennsylvania making pressed-glass kitchen & tableware in the late 1880s.
Jadeite glassware was first introduced in 1932 by the McKee Glass Company. Mckee are probably the better known maker and Jeannette's jadeite production began later, but in the 1940s they actually bought McKee Glass.
This piece glows under UV light and is probably from the 1930s or early 1940s. At that time jadeite glass contained miniscule amounts of uranium, which causes the glass to fluoresce under UV light by way of a chemical reaction.
There is no maker's mark, and there are obvious visual similarities to the McKee range, but it has an opening of 1.25" which matches the smaller openings of the Jeannette jars. The shape and lettering also matches a Jeannette catalogue page for their XS Square range (salt, pepper, sugar and flour).
What condition is it in?
- In good condition
- No chips or cracks in the glass
- The threaded neck of the glass has dark marks from the metal top
- The lettering is dark & clear, with smudges
- The screw top has many scratches and indentations
What are the measurements?
- 12.5cm high (4.92 inches)
- 6cm square (2.36 inches)
- 317 grams
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Jeannette Glass Company
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