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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.

View Des. Patent No. 48,239

View 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

At left are front and back of trade card used by Franklin Flint Glass Works (Gillinder & Sons) at the 1876 American Centennial Exposition held at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. The trade card was postcard size (click picture to enlarge). Above is a Gillinder paperweight which bears a striking resemblance to the flower frog.
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