Frolicking Bears      Special Items

An extremely rare pattern, Frolicking Bears is known only in the pitcher and tumbler, always a sort of olive green. Both show bears in various playful poses against a mountain backdrop with grape vines, leaves, and bunches of grapes around the top. Two tumblers sold at auction in 1999, for $12,500 and $15,000. In 2010, one sold for $8,500. In 2014 a green pitcher brought $26,000 and at the same auction a green tumbler sold for $4,000.

In 2014, Tom Mordini reported a ruffled hat made from a green tumbler. Wonderful to speculate what it would sell for at auction. In 2019, a green tumbler sold for $6,500 at the Bob Smith tumbler auction.

The design has been used by the International Carnival Glass Association for souvenirs.

Hartung Book Three: Frolicking Bears



Above is the first reported hat in the Frolicking Bears pattern. In green, and made from a tumbler, it sold at the 2021 HOACGA convention auction for $3,750. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

Updated 11/17/2019