Stretch Glass

Handled Servers:

Terms, Definitions, ID

Handled servers were obviously popular table items when stretch glass was being made. All the companies that made stretch glass, except for Vineland, made one or more handled servers. The handle shapes, especially the bases, are used to identify most of these servers. Most of these servers are 9.5 to 11-inches in diameter. Smaller forms were made by Fenton for serving butter and other tidbits.

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The heart-handled servers of Imperial and Diamond are unique with the Imperial server dishes being octagonal. Fenton used a loop-shaped handle, and the loop-triangular shaped one of U.S. Glass is occasionally confused with this one. The U.S. Glass #310 server has the typical rays characteristic of this pattern. The rest of the servers use what we call a "shovel" handle shape. The Northwood server has almost no stem to the shovel-handle. The Imperial shovel-handled server has the hexagonal stem going into the base with these hexagonal sides. The rest usually have a ring or some other delimiting area where the stem attaches to the plate by a round base. The Lancaster server has a very heavy handle. The two long-stem shovel-handled servers by Diamond and Jeannette are very similar, but the Diamond stem is very straight sided for some distance. The other Jeannette server has a very narrow handle.

Fenton's dolphin handled servers are the most easy to recognize!