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Wheat Sheaf, Cambridge

Manufacturer: Cambridge
Year(s) of Production: Approx 1910
Pattern Description: AKA Near Cut, this geometric pattern is seen in a cologne and a rare whiskey decanter. The detail contains hobstars, arches and inverted fan forms that appear to be hanging sheafs of wheat.
Shapes in Database: Cologne
Colors in Database*: Green, Marigold

*Not all colors are available in every shape.

About Wheat Sheaf
This pattern is part of Cambridge's Near Cut grouping. The 6 oz cologne was in their catalog as #2660 (shown here on the Nearcut-Novelties2 page), while the exceptionally rare 32 oz whiskey decanter was #2696. Both of these items were blown molded and have a pontil in the middle of the bottom (they are not ‘ground' pontils which would have been smoothed off, but rough pontils). A pontil is a mark created when the punty (a long metal stick) was detached from the glass piece – the tool used to hold the piece while it was being molded, sprayed and heated). View Cambridge-pontil.

The decanter picture (and base pictures of the pontils) are courtesy of Christina Katsikas.

There are many similar looking ‘near cut' type geometric patterns. Imperial Glass company made a tremendous amount of geometric patterns as did US Glass. The unique shape of the cologne will help you identify this pattern. And the only other whiskey decanter with a geometric pattern is the Cambridge Near Cut (which has the a different shape, having a more bulbous bottom and a thinner body).



Cambridge Nearcut Novelties Catalog page.

Cambridge Wheat Sheaf base pontils.: These molded pieces were put on a punty (long stick) when they were being blown; when broken off, it left a rough pontil mark in the base.

Wheat Sheaf Cologne:
Wheat Sheaf Decanter: