Grapevine Lattice is a simple, yet attractive, pattern produced by Dugan and Diamond over a period of several years. It is seen on several shapes: bowls, plates, water sets (pitcher and four to six tumblers), and vases and/or hat shapes. In this article, I will review not only what others have written about the pattern but also include some information that has not been previously provided.
The pattern defining motif of Grapevine Lattice is, as Dave Doty (in A Field Guide to Carnival Glass) aptly says, “a lattice of vines.” On bowls and plates, the pattern is found on the interior; no pattern is found on the exterior. On pitchers, tumblers, and vases/hat shapes, the pattern - along with one or two additional motifs - is found on the exterior surface; the interior is plain. More on the tumbler pattern is found below.
Bowls, usually measuring from six to seven inches in diameter, are abundant in white and fairly common in marigold, but more difficult to find in amethyst. Flat plates, which are about seven-and-a-half inches in diameter, are less common than bowls. Like the bowls, they are by far most common in white. The marigold ones are quite scarce, the amethyst and purple scarcer yet, and the peach opalescent rare. “Ruffled plates,” which I consider low bowls, have also been listed, described, and advertised by some writers and/or sellers.
Complete water sets are rarely seen. The most common color of pitcher, though actually quite scarce, is the marigold. The amethyst and purple ones are also scarce, even less common than the marigold. White pitchers are rare; blue, rarest of all. Tumblers (with base diameters of a bit more than 2.25 inches) are common in marigold. They vary in shade from a very light marigold, often with weak iridescence, to a much darker shade, sometimes with rich iridescence. Amethyst and purple tumblers are less common but not scarce. The white ones are scarce; the blue, rare.
Grapevine Lattice tumblers come in at least two varieties. The more common has three motifs: the “grapevine lattice” which covers most of the surface; a “rope,” just below the latticework, which winds itself around the piece; and “grass,” beneath the rope and just above the base. The “variant” has the lattice and the rope but no grass.
I make a distinction between hat shapes and vases in the Grapevine Lattice pattern; some other writers do not. In my view, the hats are ruffled, while the vases are jack-in-the-pulpit in shape. Others refer to the jack-in-the-pulpit -- as well as ruffled -- pieces as hat shapes. Vases and/or hat shapes are available in marigold (probably the most often seen), amethyst and purple (probably next most common), and white (least common). They are listed in some references as available in peach opal; I doubt that these exist because no tumblers have been reported in that color. I don't know if they were produced in cobalt blue, but wouldn't be surprised. I doubt larger Grapevine Lattice hat shapes or vases exist.
Authors of carnival glass books (for example, Carl Burns and Dave Doty) say that Grapevine Lattice vases and hats were crafted from tumblers. I think so, too. Since tumblers have base diameters of just over 2.25 inches, hat shapes and vases will, of course, also be that size. Hat shape and vases with larger base diameters (slightly over 2.75 inches) are, most likely, Lattice and Points or Vining Twigs. The confusion in pattern identification could be eliminated, I think, if short vases and hat shapes, with base diameters of around 2.25 inches, were called Grapevine Lattice and if vases and hat shapes with base diameters of slightly in excess of 2.75 inches were identified as Lattice and Points or Vining Twigs (Lattice and Points, for those with the stylized daisy interior; Vining Twigs, with the unpatterned interior).
Shapes and Colors
Bowls: marigold, *amethyst/purple, white, peach opal (?)
Plates (flat): *marigold, *amethyst/purple, white, **peach opal
Pitchers: *marigold, *amethyst/purple, **white, **cobalt blue
Tumblers: marigold, amethyst/purple, *white, **cobalt blue
Vases and Hat Shapes (with base diameters of slightly more than 2.25 inches): *marigold, *amethyst/purple, **white (peach opal, doubtful)
Note: scarce = *; rare = **.
I'd like to call on readers to get out their rulers and measure their jack-in-the-pulpit vases and hat shapes, and then report what shapes and colors are available with base diameters of around 2.25 and 2.75 inches, respectively. These reports, along with additional information and corrections, can be directed to Dr. Larry Keig, 1614 Merner Ave., Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Telephone: (319) 266-5044. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, with Grapevine Lattice in the subject line.
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