McKee Tom & Jerry Custard Glass Punch Bowl Set

McKee Tom & Jerry Custard Glass Punch Bowl Set
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Vintage From Paul is delighted to offer this antique, genuine Custard Glass, Tom & Jerry Punch Bowl set from the McKee Glass Company. In the 1820's Pierce Egan, a period author, wrote a book called "Life of London: or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and His Elegant Friend Corinthina Tom". To publicize his work Mr. Egan made up a variation of egg nog he called "Tom and Jerry". It added 1/2 oz of brandy to the basic recipe (fortifying it considerably and adding further to its popularity).

This particular McKee Tom & Jerry Custard Glass Punch Bowl Set can be seen in "Glass A - Z" by David Shotwell on page 117.

Custard Glass was first produced in England around 1880, novelties, salt dips, small baskets, etc were created in creamy custard glass but it was not made in America for nearly five more years. The first American company said to produce custard glass was the Dithridge Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The McKee Glass Company produced Custard Glass in the factories from 1905 to 1927.

Uranium salts, which were also a common ingredient in producing brightly colored yellow and green glass for more than a hundred years. In custard glass, uranium is what gives the glass its deep cream color. In fact, if you have a Geiger counter handy, you will also get a positive reading on custard and any other form of uranium glass. Before you run to store it in a lead-lined container, be aware that the levels of uranium used in even a large collection of uranium glass have been found to be no more harmful the ones we are exposed to each day from our microwaves and TVs. In fact, that unique ingredient is what makes the glass so favored by collectors today.

Little uranium glass has been produced since World War II, when the atomic bomb made it desirable for the military to restrict access to the element and glass workers became hesitant to use it due to its radioactivity. Though the military lifted those restrictions a decade later, few companies use the element in glass creation now. Other chemicals have been produced that can create the same colors, and strict health regulations requiring special handling and storage of uranium in glass production make it highly unlikely that custard glass will ever be produced in any substantial quantity again.

This lovely McKee Tom & Jerry Custard Glass Punch Bowl Set consists of the Punch Bowl and five (5) tall mugs. Each of the pieces have impressed on their underside he McKee logo which is the letters "McK" enclosed within a circle.

The punch bowl as well as the cups glow a light green when black light tested.

The punch bowl measures 11-1/2 inches in diameter at the top, 5-1/8 inches in diameter at the base. It stands 4-7/8 inches in diameter at the top. The mugs stand 3-3/4 inches in height, measure 2-3/4 inches in diameter at the top, 2-3/8 inches in diameter t the base.

The punch bowl and each of the 5 mugs is in mintcondition with no chips, flea bites, cracks or other defects noted. The black stenciling of Tom & Jerry is in superb condition.

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