Gillinder & Sons, Inc.
The photos at right were sent in by Ann Erickson. She wanted
to learn more about her frog and she described it to me as follows:
"The glass is clear, but a little yellowed. It is about
4 1/2 inches across, 2 3/4 inches high, seems to be pressed glass
and has 20 short tubes on the top instead of holes. The tubes
are about 1/2 inch high and rise right up out of the top of the
frog. It has a date around the top edge- Pat. Dec. 7, 1915."
I had this patent on hand, but had never seen the item before.
The patent for this flower frog was granted to Kraft Booth
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and assigned to Gillinder &
Sons, Inc. also of Philadelphia. It was Design Patent No. 48,239
and was granted for a term of 7 yrs. Less than a month earlier,
on Nov. 16,1915, Kraft Booth was granted a patent for a different
flower frog. This patent was also assigned to Gillinder &
Sons. It was Design Patent No. 48,149. If anyone has this flower
frog please send me a photo. BB.
Des. Patent No. 48,239
Des. Patent No. 48,149
Gillinder & Sons was founded in 1861 by William Gillinder.
It originally operated under the name of Franklin Flint Works.
When William's sons, James and Frederic, joined the company in
1867, the name changed to Gillinder & Sons. The company endeared
themselves to the public in 1876 when they built an exhibition
glass factory on the fairgrounds of the American Centennial Exhibition
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here they demonstrated their glass
making abilities and sold souvenirs to the visitors. In the early
1900s the company moved to Port Jervis, New York, where it operated
as Gillinder Brothers. Today the Port Jervis factory is still
family operated, doing business under the name Gillinder Glass.
You can visit them online at www.gillinderglass.com.
Be sure to visit their online retail store online at www.gillinderglassstore.com