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Greek Key, Northwood

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Greek Key is a traditional pattern used on many types of decorative items. It's used on a number of Carnival patterns but dominates the design of Northwood's Greek Key water sets, bowls and plates. The pitcher and tumbler have additional design elements, fan shapes above and hanging pendants below. Most plates have a basketweave exterior, but some have a ribbed exterior and are considered more desirable.

[column-half-1]Water sets, 7 pieces
Amethyst/purple, 850 (2008), 475, 825 (2009), 710 (2011)
Green, 900 (2006), 1,400 (2007)
Green, 5 pieces, 550 (2008), 575 (2010), 600 (2012), 675 (2014)
Marigold, 500 (2009), 575 (2010), 650 (2014)

Water pitchers
Amethyst/purple, 550 (2006), 625 (2008), 500 (2013), 200, 400, 1,350 (2014)
Green, 1,000, 1,700 (2006), 375, 900 (2009), 375, 450 (2012)
Marigold, 600 (2005), 550 (2006), 350 (2008)

Tumblers
Amethyst/purple, 105 (2011), 105 (2012), 100 (2013), 30, 35, 40, 55, 65 (2014)
Green, 45 (2011), 25, 30, 55 (2012), 25 (2014), 25, 60 (2015)
Marigold, 20, 30 (2014)[/column-half-1]

[column-half-2]Plates, 9 inch, most basketweave back
Amethyst/purple, 800 (2001), 350 (2013)
Amethyst/purple, silvery, 425 (2004)
Blue, ribbed back, 3,000, 8,000 (2010), 2,200 (2012), 2,100 (2013), 2,700 (2014)
Green, 475, 525 (2012), 725 (2013), 375 (2014)
Lime green, one known (found in Australia)
Marigold, 350 (2010), 375, 525 (2011), 725 (2013), 250 (2014), 225 (2015)
Marigold, ribbed back, 500, 1,500 (2012), 2,100 (2014), 550 (2015)
Marigold, ribbed back, pumpkin iridescence, 7,500 (2010)
Marigold, pastel, 1,425, 1,400 (2004)[/column-half-2]

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The ruffled bowl on the left in ice blue is one of just a few known. Photo courtesy of Robert and Kim Barnes. In 2012 Tim Schwarz sent these photos of a white ruffled bowl in the Greek Key pattern that he had acquired. It was the first reported. It is always interesting to hear about new colors or shapes that shows up. In late 2012, it sold at auction for $2,600.

[column-half-1]Bowls, 8-9 inches, ruffled
Amethyst/purple, 70, 130, 140 (2012), 170, 180 (2013), 115, 140, 200 (2014), 70, 95, 105, 120, 160, 300 (2015)
Blue, 400, 425 (2014)
Blue, electric, 1,100 (2003)
Green, 120 (2010), 160 (2011), 140 (2012), 75, 525 (2013), 95, 225 (2014)
Green, emerald, 725, 950 (2002)
Ice green, 3,000 (2005), 2,450 (2007)
Lime green, 1,500 (2012)
Marigold, 125, 130, 220 (2012), 45, 80 (2014), 75, 130, 400 (2015)
White, two known, 2,600 (2012)[/column-half-1]

[column-half-2]Bowls, (“PCE” Pie Crust Edge)
Amethyst/purple, 145 (2003), 175 (2004), 120, 350 (2006), 165 (2008), 95 (2009)
Blue, 1,100 (1999), 675 (2007), 525 (2014)
Green, 200, 270, 275 (2010), 150 (2011), 140, 150 (2013), 125, 140 (2015)
Lime green, 500 (1999)
Marigold, 105 (2007), 125 (2010), 125 (2011)[/column-half-2]

These ruffled bowls, with a domed foot and the greek key pattern on the exterior, were not made from the same mold as the plates and bowls above. Most have a stippled rays interior, though a few have a plain interior. Regardless, such items are often referred to as Greek Key.

Bowls, dome footed
Amethyst/purple, 45 (2005), 45 (2006), 20 (2012)
Green, 10, 25 (2013), 10 (2014), 25 (2015)
Ice green, 1,762 (eBay 2004)
Marigold, 65 (2000), 20 (2012)

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Pie Crust Edge/PCE: An edge reminiscent of the edge of a pie, with a one up, one down tight ruffle.

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