Several glass companies made Sandwich glass and it can be challenging to tell their patterns apart. Here are tell-tale ways to know whether your pattern came from Duncan Miller, Anchor Hocking or Indiana Glass / Tiara.
Lacy swirls of scrolls and flowers were pattern motifs from the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company in the 1800s. While little glass from this era survives today, the spirit lives on in glass made from the 1930s through 1980s by companies such as Duncan Miller, Anchor Hocking and Indiana Glass. These companies acknowledged the Boston Sandwich company by calling patterns with similar motifs Sandwich glass.
With the number of patterns, all called Sandwich, how can the collector tell them apart? Here are a few easy tips.
The flowers in Anchor Hocking’s Sandwich pattern are the only ones with double lines around the flower petals. In fact, a customer told me this was called “Double Sandwich”. It’s an easy way to remember! The scrolls are more scrunched together than other patterns, but unless you have others to compare, just remember the double lines. Hocking made Sandwich in crystal, Forest Green and Ruby Red , and you can find some pieces in amber, white and pink. Here are the 8 inch luncheon plate in crystal and the 5 ounce juice tumbler in Forest Green.
Indiana’s Sandwich comes in many colors because Indiana sold it in a rainbow of colors through their Tiara party plan in the 1970s and 1980s. Tiara’s Sandwich was the same pattern that Indiana sold originally in the late 1920s and 1930s with a few additions from the Duncan Miller molds acquired later. Indiana’s Sandwich is pretty, with graceful long scrolls between simple flowers. The scrolls do not touch in the middle. It’s probably easiest to tell Indiana by deciding it is not Anchor Hocking or Duncan Miller. Here are two pieces from Tiara's amber Sandwich. The amber is my favorite of the Tiara colors.
Duncan Miller’s Early American Sandwich glass is the best made and highest quality glass of these three. It was a long-running staple of Duncan Miller until 1955 and was made in a full table service plus fascinating incidental pieces such as baskets and epergnes. To identify Duncan’s glass, look where the scrolls come together. If there is a horizontal diamond connecting the scrolls, it is Duncan’s Sandwich. A similar pattern is Princess Feather from Westmoreland, which has an oval connector instead of a diamond. The pictures show a lunch plate, handled nappy and shallow salad bowl. You can see how fanciful and detailed this pattern is.
Indiana Glass acquired some Duncan Miller Sandwich molds when Duncan Miller went out of business. You may find the Duncan Sandwich in the Tiara colors.
Sandwich glass is a fun pattern to collect - regardless of which company's pattern appeals to you most - because it came in a lively range of shapes. You can choose to get a full dinner set in almost any of these patterns, or decide to focus on the decorative items such as candy dishes or the puff box shown in Tiara's amber. Whichever you choose, have fun and enjoy your hunt!