|The Millersburg version of the Elk bowl faces to the viewers left and both eyes are seen--thus it is sometimes called the "two-eyed elk." It is found only with the 1910 Detroit date and in amethyst. The paperweight is rare and found only in purple and green. It measures 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Even damaged examples fetch a good price. The paperweight has been reproduced. Fenton also made pieces for the B.P.O.E.|
Bowls, 7 inches, ice cream shape
Amethyst/purple, 2,100 (2017), 1,100 (2018)
Bowls, ruffled or three-in-one
Amethyst, 1,900 (2018), 2,300 (2021)
Amethyst, some damage, 2,100 (2012),
675, 1,350 (both 2017)
Green, 5,500 (1996), 7,000 (2006)
|From The Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass Lettered Pieces, |
by John Resnik, 1989.
"Although there is no absolute data to confirm at which Elks function this item was distributed, a good educated guess would be Detroit 1910, Since this is a Millersburg piece, (Millersburg Elks face left, Fenton face right) and since the only dated Millersburg Elk was from the 1910 reunion, it more or less follows that this ttem is from that same function. The short time span of Millersburg operation lends added credence to this date selection.
The B.P.O.P. emblem, which encompases an elks head with a clock face above indicating eleven o'clock, has ritual significance. Eleven o'clock (PM) is regarded by Elks to be the mystical hour; a time to remember and honor the dead. All Elk functions observe a moment of silence at this time. Considering the importance of this tradition, it is indeed unfortunate that the Millersburg moldmaked did not know his little hand from his big hand. All Millersburg Elks have the clock at five to twelve, rather than at eleven o'clock.