|Comments by Alan and Lorraine Pickup
Dugan's Border Plants
From HOACGA bulletin February, 2002
Today we think that this Dugan Border Plants 9-inch dome footed handgrip plate is a wonderful example of Dugan's peach opal at its best. But from the pattern's scarcity today it must have been made in rather small numbers. Dugan Glass Co. seems to have been the forerunner in the field of producing peach opal glass. And their dome footed bowls and plates also seemed to be a favorite shape.
Looking over the past few years of auction prices-realized we find that the Border Plants pattern show up in relatively sparse numbers in just two base glass colors, amethyst and peach opal. Marigold bowls are known but seldom seen. The amethyst color seems to be the most sought after and the price leader of the three. Bowls, both round, some deep, and some ruffled with the three-in-one edge are the norm. Another popular variation of the basic bowl shape is this handgrip plate. But the Carl Burns book, Dugan & Diamond Carnival Glass, 1909-1931, as well as the Edwards/Carwile books mention rare rose bowl shapes in this pattern.
Evidently those rose bowl shapes are seldom seen. We know that one sold in August, 1993, at a Tom Burns auction in Columbus, Ohio, of Dennis Keck's glass. It was:
Lot 120. Unusual Dugan Border Plants dome footed - ruffled turned in rose bowl - Pur. (rare pattern in a very unusual shape - NEAT!)
The price was $475 then and as uncommon as those rose bowls are, that was probably a good buy.