Antique Glass Brides BANKS Display by Elaine DeMaison

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Here is some info about glass BRIDE'S BANKS from --

A beautiful blown glass "bride's bank" that originates in early Victorian times. These glass containers were made as one-of-a-kind gifts, given at the wedding with money tucked inside and threaded through the top loops. The custom was picked up again in the 1960s Northeast, when a glass bank like this one was put on each table at the wedding reception and guests were expected to stuff it full during the evening.

South Jersey glassmakers produced these unusual objects as a sideline. The bottom was blown in a mold (a rough pontil on the bottom is characteristic) and topped by six or eight free-blown loops. Many of the banks were clear jelly glass but others were decorated with a colored bank of glass at the join (green, perhaps to remind one of money) and a silver overlay design on the base.

Brides' banks, are featured on pages 181 and 182 of Charles V. Reynolds, Collector's Guide to Glass Banks: Identification and Values . You can also read about them in the book The Glass Gaffers of New Jersey and check them out at the Wheaton Glass Museum.

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