Brooklyn Bridge, Dugan

There are two versions of the Brooklyn Bridge bowl. The one commonly seen has the lettering "Brooklyn Bridge" between the dirigible and the bridge. The rare examples omit the lettering. It's my guess that these rare pieces (shown on the right) were the early ones and when first viewed, someone realized that people wouldn't automatically identify the bridge--so the lettering was added to clarify it.

Hartung Book Four: Brooklyn Bridge

Bowls, lettered

Marigold, 30, 65, 70, 75, 90, 95, 100, 115, 150, 275 (all 2021),
   65, 75, 80, 100, 110, 140 (all 2022)
Marigod on pink, 180 (2022)
Bowls, unlettered (2 or 3 known)

Marigold, 1,600 (2008), 2,300 (2009),
   5,250 (2017)
Bowl in Dugan Afterglow
While it can't be seen in the photo at left, the glass color of this piece is pink. It has marigold iridescence. This combination Dugan called Afterglow. This ruffled bowl sold in 2015 for $1,050. Another, with minor damage, sold in 2016 for $110. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

Updated 8/14/2022

From The Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass Lettered Pieces,
by John Resnik, 1989.

"On page 127 of Bill Heacock's book, Fenton Glass, The First Twenty-Five Years, appears a photograph of the cutting department at Fenton Art Glass in the year 1907. An enlargement of the packing barrels in the forground shows what is quite clearly, at least to me, an assortment of Brooklyn Bridge bowls. Coupling this with the fact no shards of these bowls have ever been found at the old Millersburg factory site should, once and for all, establish the origin of these pieces.

Although no concrete evidence as to the purpose of these bowls has been found, I must agree with Marion Hartung's educated guess that they were made to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the bridge. A gala ceremony was conducted in May of 1908, and would have been an ideal location to sell souvenirs commenorating the event."

By David Doty: It is now widely accepted that Dugan made these bowls.