At the End of Day: Spatter Glass

For years, this pretty little vase stood on a shelf in the kitchen of the Janvier Road bungalow.

Once in a while I’d pick wildflowers from the woods and place them in it. I always loved it, but didn’t even know what to call the unusual pattern. But after a lengthy search I hit pay dirt.

It’s Victorian “End of Day,” or spatterglass.
From about 1880 to the early 1900s, America was enjoying the fruits of its first industry: Glassmaking. And Europe, particularly Bohemia and Germany, was also producing beautiful art glass until the 1930s, when WWII put an end to it.

When the glassmakers’ days were over, they really started to have fun!
They’d gather up the chips of colored glass left over from the day’s work, roll it over a heated metal plate called a marver, and blow the glass into all sorts of shapes. Sometimes, they’d layer translucent glass over that. It’s a technique that goes all the way back to the Romans, referred to as splashed glass!

A lot of End of Day is Czechoslovakian; however, American companies made it as well.
Northwood produced spatterglass in its Royal Ivy and Rubina , and Hobbs Brockunier made both spatter glass and Spangle glass (with metallic additions). Other American companies included Atterbury, Challinor and Taylor & Co.)

Antique End-of-Day Czech Glass Lampshade. Photo courtesy of Recovered Relics, Etsy

Antique End-of-Day Czech Glass Lampshade. Photo courtesy of Recovered Relics, Etsy

Any marbleized glass with several colors may also be referred to as End-of-Day. You’ll find such pieces as ashtrays, vases, lampshades and items such as animals, birds and other whimsical designs. End of Day glass is different from slag glass, in which another color is added onto hot molten glass.

End of Day glass is still being made.
The pieces are often more contemporary in design, and the glass patterns may be different from vintage and antique glass. If you prefer the older stuff as I do, be sure you check provenance. Many of the original artisans didn’t mark their End of Day wares, primarily because they were “afterthoughts” and often designed for the artist’s personal use. Some vintage spatterglass is marked “Czechoslovakia,” and probably came from the Kralik or Welz companies. If you see an “N” it was most likely Northwood.

Spatterglass is very collectible.
That’s because true End of Day items were made from leftover glass, so it’s difficult to find two that are exactly the same. They’re also available in a staggering array of patterns and colors, making them perfect for just about any decor, both traditional and modern.

Enjoy the hunt!


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3 Responses to At the End of Day: Spatter Glass

  1. John Martin says:

    I am so weary of the incorrect use of “end of day” to describe this kind of spatter glass…They made this glass at the factor all day and every day…. True “end of day” glass was something the glass blower made for his own amuseument often to give as gifts at the end of his work day…and real end of day glass pieces are rare and unioque….

    • sarathurston says:

      You are probably correct. However, the term has become so common that I was unable to find a single source that contradicted the traditional story of end of day…

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