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collecting glass animals

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Today, I cleaned my collection of glass animals.  Cleaning them takes a long time since I don’t clean them often.  I wash each piece in soapy water and air dry it on a towel.  As I work, I enjoy their sparkle and I think about how I got each piece.  Since most of them are second-hand, I think about the unknown people who owned them before me.

Most of the animals in my collection belong in one of three categories:  covered dishes, candle holders and dresser jars.  A couple of the pieces belonged to my Mom.  A couple of them are pieces she gave me as gifts.  The rest, I found over the years at antique stores or auctions.

some glass animals

The covered dishes are mostly hens or chickens…

hen dishes

My favorite hen dish is a funny round chicken in clear glass…

clear hen dish

I also have a rabbit in this collection…

rabbit

and a duck…

clear glass duck

I have a few glass birds of various colors.  Each bird has a berry in its beak, and a hollow in its back to hold a candle…

glass birds

I’ll show you some of my dresser jars in the next post.

Do you have a hen dish among your dishes?

blue hen dish

~

Parting the Collection

~

1.

to collect: to gather together

these prisms

of glass and light

took a lifetime

what will become of them

when what becomes of me?

~

2.

collect: a short prayer

from a mouth like dust

~

I bid for each

between Limoges and Occupied Japan

with a steady hand

and a palpitating heart

~

3.

sapphire

feathers pressed into glass

bird in the house

at the window

~

cut crystal

edge of flight

from the menagerie

~

ruby swan

amethyst bee

topaz duck

~

glazed eyes

~

4.

lenses rise in your throat

siliceous gasses

burst from your beak

as a berry

~

past and future

transparent

~

shards of glass

shared among

my daughters

do not understand

the meaning

of collection

~

do not know

a Sybil

rises in your beak

~

~

Published as ‘Parting the Collection’, The Antigonish Review 95, Autumn 1993

Revised

blue glass bird with berry in its beak

~

Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

January 23, 2013 at 7:36 am

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  1. Wonderful collection, Jane. I do, indeed, have a hen dish. It looks a lot like the one in the upper right on the second image.

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    Robin

    January 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    • Hi. They are fun to collect and I often see them at antique stores, although these days I try to resist since I have no more room! Jane

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      jane tims

      January 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm

  2. The vintage covered animal dishes are great!

    I always put off washing my glassware for as long as possible–but once I do it, I love how shiny and sparkling it looks.

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    Sheryl

    January 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    • Hi. Once you’ve washed it, it doesn’t matter how many times you did before!!! Jane

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      jane tims

      January 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm


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