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Kookaburra, Crown Crystal

Manufacturer: Crown Crystal
Year(s) of Production: Circa 1920-1930
Pattern Description: A Kookaburra sits on a thick branch and has three distinct tail feathers. Several variations of floral sprays surround this center pattern.
Similar Patterns: Crown Crystal Kingfisher

About Kookaburra

Made by Crown Crystal of Australia, these large and small bowls are found in dark (amethyst) and marigold carnival glass. The large bowls are typically 9 to 10 inches across. The small bowls (nappy) are about 5 to 6 inches across. Both size bowls have 12 ruffles, a back pattern of Fern and Wattle and a plain ground base. Even larger “Float Bowls” exist in this pattern, the mold for them is entirely different. On these low, turned-up bowls that measure 10 1/2 to 11″ the bird is in a stippled circle, and a plain band with 5 evenly placed Waratah flowers goes up to the beaded edge. The back pattern on these is either Broken Chain or plain back.

To see the difference between the Kingfisher and Kookaburra, here's some help (see king-kooka)

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

The Kingfisher sits on a skinny branch, the Kookaburra is on a fat branch. The Kookaburra also has a very distinctive tail, looking like 3 long ribbons.