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Singing Birds by Northwood

by Carl and Eunice Booker

The Singing Birds pattern is a product of the Northwood Glass Company. The production date is approximately 1911, rather early in the carnival glass production time. The pattern was made in the following shapes:

  • Water Sets (pitcher and tumblers)
  • Mugs (plain and stippled)
  • Table Sets (butter, creamer, spooner, covered sugar)
  • Berry Sets (five-inch bowl and ten-inch bowl)
  • Sherbet
  • Creamer (whimsied from the mug)

 The Singing Birds mug in amethyst is one of the easiest items to find in the Singing Bird shapes.

The water set shown here was provided by the Chamberlains. Pitchers and tumblers are known in amethyst, marigold, purple, green, and emerald green. The pitcher has been reported in olive. In addition to the colors above, tumblers are reported in amber, lime green, smoke, and teal. Do not confuse the Singing Birds pattern with the Springtime pattern.

The green water set could nearly be called emerald green.

Table Sets are known only in amethyst, marigold, and green. Berry sets include a five-inch bowl and a ten-inch bowl. Berry set colors are blue, amethyst, green, and marigold. Both plain and stippled mugs are known in amethyst, blue, blue opal, custard with nutmeg, green, marigold, Renninger blue, and sapphire. Plain mugs may also be found in aqua, aqua opal, horehound, ice blue, lavender, and white. There are no Singing Birds shapes reported in ice green.

Sources: Carwile, Mike. Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass, 12 Edition Doty, Dave. website     


This article first appeared in the ICGA Pump December 2018 and is reprinted with permission.

Stippling/Stippled: An artistic effect on the mould that results in the blank space in the pattern appearing to have a rough, sandy appearance.