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Dugan’s Ski Star Update

By Dr. Larry Keig

It’s been said that as soon as something appears in print it’s already outdated. That’s certainly the case with my recent article on Dugan’s Ski Star (The Carnival Pump, December 2020, pp. 20-25). Almost as soon as the piece was made available online, Kris Dorais let me know she and Don own a shape that was not reported in the article.

Their previously unreported large amethyst collar-base Ski Star-Compass bowl is an eight-ruffled square. It appears to be sui generis in its quadrilateral shaping. Its length from 12 to 6 o’clock and width from 3 to 9 are ten and one-half inches. Its diagonal measurements (10:30 to 4:30 and 1:30 to 7:30) are eleven and one-eighth inches. Its height from base to highest ruffle is three and five-eighth inches. Its collar base is four and three-sixteenth inches in diameter.

The bowl sold on the 2014 Mid-Atlantic auction conducted by the Burns Auction Service. Tom’s title did not list it as square but that important detail was mentioned in the description. Its shape may have gone unnoticed by potential buyers not attending the event in person.

It should also be noted that dome-footed Ski Star is available in a uniquely Dugan flat-ruffled with ten squared-off ruffles. It is distinctly different from the Dorais square-ruffled collar-base example described above. The dome-footed flat-ruffled are found more often in amethyst, purple, and oxblood than in marigold. Illustrated is an especially attractive one that sold on a Seeck auction in March 2012.

Kris and Don also own the peach opal tri-corner shown in the December 2000 issue of The Pump. It is the finest of those currently pictured in the HOC.

Photos courtesy of Kris and Don Dorais and Seeck Auctions.

This article first appeared in the ICGA Pump in the June 2021 issue and is reprinted with permission.