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dazzled by dresser jars

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Dresser jars have always been an interest of mine.  You often see them at antique stores and at auctions.

My Mom had an iridescent peach-colored dresser jar with a glass terrier on top and a pink-colored dresser jar with a young deer.

My collection of dresser jars is one of my favorite possessions.  The collection includes several dresser jars of a type made in the 1930s to 1950s (by the Jeannette Glass Company).  They are all round, made with clear or iridescent glass.  They were used as jars for women’s dressers, to hold powder.

I have four young deer (or ‘Bambi’) dresser jars, two iridescent peach-colored, one pink and one clear…

'Bambi' dresser jar

three swans, one green, one blue-green green and one amber (the swans have a cut-glass base and a hollow in their backs to hold lipstick)…  I also have a clear swan, top only…

green swan dresser jar

two terrier dog dresser jars, both peach-colored and iridescent…

terrier dresser jar

and one poodle dresser jar, peach-colored and iridescent…

poodle dresser jar

This year, I added an elephant dresser jar made of clear glass to my collection.

elephant dresser jar


Do you know of any other designs in this type of dresser jar?


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

January 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

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  1. Hi Everyone. Some research on the Internet has shown me that these dresser jars were made by the Jeannette Glass Company. Apparently there is a donkey as well as the designs I have in my collection. Jane


    jane tims

    February 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  2. I have never before seen dresser jars. They’re beautiful! I love the way they sparkle in the light.



    February 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    • Hi Robin. The glass has an internal structure to it, seen as ‘rings’ as you look down through the bottom part of the glass. It’s one reason I love them. Jane


      jane tims

      February 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  3. The jars are beautiful. Dressers looked so lovely years ago with embroidered dresser scarves, bureau sets, and lovely jars.



    January 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

  4. What a lovely collection. I’ve never seen jars like this before.



    January 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    • Hi Rosie. Now, if you go to an antique store, you’ll see them for sure! I love my collection and it’s all I can do to resist adding to it. Jane


      jane tims

      January 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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