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Original and Modern Uses of Antique Pressed Glass

Pressed Glass and Goblets
Pressed Glass and Goblets

Goblets - Wines - Tumblers - Toothpicks - Compotes - Cake Stands
Banana Stands - Creamers - Spooner - Covered Sugar - Covered Butter
Relish Dish - Shot Glasses - Celery Vases - Rose Bowl - Buttermilks
Fruit Bowls - Bread Plates - Jelly Compote - Fruit Nappies
Water Pitchers - Milk Pitchers - Punch Bowls


Creamers were originally part of the 4-piece breakfast set, including a spooner, covered sugar and butter dish. Originally, you would have purchased these items as a set. The creamers original purpose was to serve cream at the table. Today there are many uses including serving salad dressings, maple syrup, gravy and as a milk pitcher for tea time. For desserts, the creamer is ideal for hot fudge when serving ice cream, or for strawberry sauce when serving an angel food cake. It is perfectly safe to use with a hot liquid, but you should use a metal spoon and pour the liquid on the spoon first to break the heat.


Spooners were part of the 4-piece breakfast set. Since the spoon was the most regularly utensil used at every sitting and tea time, you would fill the spooner with your spoons and leave them sitting in the centre of the table. Many people still use the spooner for its original function; however there are many other modern uses. When serving a turkey, use the spooner to serve cranberry sauce. Spooners are very popular for serving mints and jelly beans, adding a single spoon to allow your guests to help themselves is preferred. You can also use the spooner to serve croutons for dressing up salads. They are very handy to use for many different dressings and sauces, making a nice presentation. Spooners are also very popular to store your make-up brushes or toothbrushes in. Many people are also using the spooner for a small pillar candle holder. For the best effect, choose a heavy cut pattern, the light dances around the room as it is broken up by the lines in the pattern.

Covered Sugar

The covered sugar was another part of the 4-piece breakfast set. It was important to have a lid to keep the insects and bugs out from the sugar as there were no screens in windows in homes during the 1880’s period. Many people find the covered sugar useful for keeping soaps, bath bombs and bath salts in, and really enhance the bathroom counter display. You can even keep cotton balls or q-tips in the covered sugar. Other uses include a candy dish, sugar at a tea party, dried fruit, instant coffee or just about anything.

Covered Butter

The covered butter was meant to hold a slab of butter, which was used in greater quantity than we tend to use now. Again, this was before refrigeration, so it was essential for this dish to be covered. They are quite large, and so are very popular to serve a cheese ball, hor d'oeuvres or even a covered chocolate/truffle dish for desserts.

Relish Dish

The relish dish was intended to serve relish or garnishes at the table. The dish is either oblong, oval or rectangular in shape. Today, relish dishes are very popular for serving asparagus, celery and pickles. Relish dishes are also used in the bathroom for hand soap, assortments of bath beads or small figural soaps. They are also popular for displaying potpourri, or dried flowers. It is also very popular to put a layer of coloured sand in the bottom, and place several tea lights into the sand. Using the sand prevents the wax from sticking to the surface of the glass and makes for a much easier clean-up after the candles have finished burning.

Shot Glasses

These little glasses are very popular today for their original use, especially now that there is a wider variety of flavoured shots. They are now commonly used in the guest bathroom for mouthwash, and you can leave several for your guests without using up a lot of counter space. Other uses include, individual flower vases at each place setting, individual candies for an after dinner treat for each of your guests and to store bobby pins or sewing pins.


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Sean George
Pressed Glass & Goblets
P.O. Box 369
Arthur, Ontario Canada
N0G 1A0


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