What is EAPG?

When you hear of EAPG, short for Early American Pattern Glass, it is meant for the type of pressed glass tableware that was made in the United States during 1850-1915. The glass was known to have some sort of themed pattern or motif throughout the pieces that made up a set. Some sets had a full table range and some were produced as a smaller four-piece set that was made up of a sugar bowl, creamer, spooner and a butter dish. Full sets may or may not have included candy dishes, relish dishes, stemmed glasses, toothpick holders mustard or jam jars, syrup pitchers and much, much more.

This glassware was manufactured and wide-spread throughout the middle class as an inexpensive-yet-elegant glass collection to heighten engagements and gatherings.

Most of EAPG styles were produced in clear glass but also few colors were used. Blue, amber, bright yellow and green were colors typically found in EAPG productions.  

Bright greenish glass, known as “vaseline glass” was flint glass made with uranium salts to create the yellow-green sheen. In sunlight, the light glass has a green cast to it and under a blacklight, the glass shines a ghoulish fluorescent green.

EAPG is still a commodity among collectors and as pieces are being found in estates and shops in limited pieces or incomplete sets, individual pieces can be used to fulfill other purposes for home décor.