Antique THISTLE PICKLE DISH, Bryce McKee & Co Ptnd. April 2, 1872 Early Pattern Glass Alias ‘Early Thistle’ n 'Scotch Thistle'

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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

"Factory B".

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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