Antique Scarce Clear Blown Glass Candy Container. Marked West Bros 1907 Toy Candlestick Figural Bottle Phone w Pewter Mouthpiece. Ufmc ea735



Here, we have an antique toy.

This old glass candy container is in the shape of a phone. The candlestick base has a screw top; the top of the threads –the opening- is a bit rough to the touch; the mouthpiece is made of a pewter type of metal and screws onto the top; there is a wire hook that extends out of this screw on pewter top; this wire hook holds the wood receiver; and there is a string that is attached by an eye hook on the top of the wood receiver.

Material: Blown Glass, Metal, and Wood
Colors: Clear Glass, Metal Gray for the Screw on Top and String (I have no idea if the string started out gray, but it is gray now), Black paint to the inside of the mouthpiece and painted receiver
Approximate Creation Date: 1907 - 1930
Designer: West Brothers Company of Grapeville, PA
Patent Date: 04/30/1907
Patent Number: 852242
Serial Number: 2862
Approximate Dimensions in Inches: 1 3/4 wide at base x 4 3/8 height. Receiver is 1 1/2 long
Markings on Base: These are very light and hard to read – “WEST SPEC CO. / GRAPEVILLE PA. / SERIAL NO 2862”. The inner circle, which is even more difficult to read says “30 1907”. I am sure that “APR” or “APRIL” is in front of the wording, but I did not and could not read it. It was just two faint. [[Please note that if you are trying to match the embossment with the A&E 235 reference, you will not find SPEC mentioned at all. You will find SPEC mentioned in the DPP reference at 250a and 250g, but the wording is a bit different on this particular phone.]]
Condition: Used Antique Condition
- The string has discolored over the years.
- The metal arm that is used to holds the wooden receiver is not rusted and only has slight oxidation on it.
- The wooden receiver is in very good condition and showns no wear. The eye hook is not rusted as it appears to be copper.
- The inside of the pewter mouthpiece shows no oxidation.
- The glass is free of fractures, chips, or repairs.
- The candy appears to be original. Yuck!
- The pewter screw on top has some issues. It is pretty beat up around the mouthpiece, has a hole in it, and there is a small chip. All of these problems have been shown and pointed out in the pictures. Please note that these issues do not affect how it screws on and off the telephone; the pewter piece screws on and off very easily.

Re1: Eikelberner George and Agadjaian Serge (The Compleat Amercian Glass Candy Container Handbook, 1986)
Re2: Dezsco, Douglas; Poirier, J Leon; & Poirier, Rose (Collector’s Guide to Candy Containers…, 1998)

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