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Can You Spot the Differences in These Captive Rose Plates?

By Barb Chamberlain


Some people like to view differences in the patterns of their glass. I sometimes like to do that, especially if I bring home a duplicate of a piece that we already have. This happened when we bought a second blue Captive Rose plate. We already had one, so we wanted to see which plate was the nicer after we had washed both of them. We discovered both are very nice and Don says, “I suppose we will be keeping both of them,” when he viewed them together.

As they were sitting there on our dining room table, I was looking at the pattern and discovered several differences. Naturally when a pattern was a popular pattern, after making hundreds of pieces from a mold, the mold tends to wear out and the resulting pieces become less distinct. Therefore, the companies had mold workers come back and either retool, or possibly remake, the molds. Either one of those options is what I feel happened to these two Captive Rose plates.

So, using photos, I’ll see if you can see some differences.


From the edge in, I see two distinct differences. The left plate has ovals around the edge and the right plate has circular and more textured rings. The “embroidered” flowers are different sizes – smaller on left.

Showing the center motifs, the plate on the left shows a smaller flower than the one on the right. The middle part of the flower on the right is much closer to the outer ring of the flower. The left center shows more filler pattern outside the flower than the one on the right.

There are other subtle differences in the design as well, but we can ascertain that different molds were use for these two plates.

 This article first appeared in the ICGA Pump in the June 2019 issue and is reprinted with permission.