Vintage THISTLE PICKLE DISH by Bryce McKee & Co - Patented April 2, 1872
Early Pattern Glass, Alias ‘Early Thistle’ and 'Scotch Thistle' - ALSO Perfect for
serving Olives, Jelly, etc.
Vintage THISTLE Early PATTERN GLASS Pickle Dish by Bryce McKee & Co
- Ca1872 Also, known as ‘Early Thistle’ and Scotch Thistle. A beautiful
non-flint clear pattern that was designed by John Bryce and patented
April 2, 1872 under U. S. Patent No. 5,742.
Tapered end makes it easy to pick up and pass for serving. It is in perfect
condition - no chips or cracks. 8 1/2” long X 4 3/4” at the widest point.
A really beautiful piece of early AMERICAN pattern glass.
If you are a Scot this would be the perfect pattern for you to own and collect !
Bryce Brothers operated under many names and organizations over time,
Including Bryce, McKee & Company, Bryce, Richards & Company, Bryce,
Walker & Company, Bryce Brothers, and Bryce Higbee & Company.
Like many glass manufacturers, Bryce Brothers was a family affair. In
all, there were 9 members of the Bryce family involved in the glass industry
at one time. James Bryce started in the glass industry as an apprentice
when he was 10 years old with Bakewell, Page, & Bakewell in Pittsburgh.
He and his brother Robert D. Bryce formed the first company with
Fred M. McKee in 1850 in Birmingham, PA near Pittsburgh. They
manufactured lamps and flint glass tableware. In 1855 the company
became Bryce, Richards & Company making pressed and cut tableware.
In 1865, the name was changed again to Bryce, Walker & Company
and this organization lasted until 1882 when William Walker disassociated
himself. Edwin W. Bryce, son of James, entered the business at this time
and the company continued as Bryce Brothers until it was absorbed into
the United States Glass Company in 1891 where it was known as
Shortly thereafter, Bryce Brothers resumed operations at a plant in
Hammondsville, PA. In 1896 they opened a new plant in Mt. Pleasant,
PA which continued to operate until the factory was sold to Lenox
Crystal in 1948. In 1879, John Bryce joined with former Bryce salesman
John B. Higbee to form Bryce, Higbee & Co. which lasted until the
factory was destroyed by flood in 1907. Higbee continued on as John B.
Higbee Glass Company in Bridgeville, PA until 1918.
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