|Pulled Husk Vases, Northwood|
|Pulled Husk, or Corn Husk vases are unique rarities in that each vase was shaped differently. They are slightly larger and heavier than Northwood's standard Corn vases. Found only in amethyst and green, here are eleven examples, several with multiple photos.|
|This amethyst vase was discovered in an antique shop near San Francisco in 1994 by a couple of new collectors, who weren't quite sure what they'd found. As Tom Mordini pointed out in his June 1994 article in the Lincoln-Land newsletter, what is especially revealing about this example is that the kernels of corn that would normally be under the three large husks are not disturbed. Which means that the mould for this vase had the three large husks attached to the rest of the vase only at the bottom. It sold most recently in the ACGA June 2017 Engel Wroda auction for $19,000. Photos courtesy of Wroda Auctions.|
|This unusual amethyst Pulled Husk Corn Vase with a pinched in and flared out top is owned by Kay Livezey. It has been in her family for more than 75 years. As Ruth Herrington reported in the October 2003 HOACGA newsletter, Kay Livezey's grandmother purchased a box of knick-knacks and the vase was in the box. It was used for years to prop up a window until a friend back in the 50s told them it was an antique. Photo courtesy of Kay Livezey.|
|This is one of only two known green Pulled Husk vases. For some inexplicable reason a different mould was used for the known green examples. Note the rope effect around the top of the base and around the bottom edge of the base. Photo courtesy of Dave Doty.|
|Don Moore found the other green Pulled Husk vase at a small show in Oakland CA for $60. Writing in the December 1990 ICGA Pump, he complained that he was still mad at the dealer for refusing to come down to $50. It sold most recently in the ACGA June 2017 Engel Wroda auction for $20,000. Photos courtesy of Wroda Auctions.|
|Intriguing vases. Here are six sides of the same amethyst vase. It sold most recently in the ICGA July 2017 Tarkington Seeck auction for $7,000. Photos courtesy of Seeck Auctions.|
|At the time this amethyst Pulled Husk was photographed in 1993 it belonged to Tom Mordini. Photo courtesy of Dave Doty.|
|This amethyst vase sold most recently in the ACGA June 2017 Engel Wroda auction for $9,500. Photo courtesy of Wroda Auctions.|
|This amethyst Pulled Husk sold most recently in the ACGA June 2017 Engel Wroda auction for $9,000. Photos courtesy of Wroda Auctions.|
|At the time this amethyst Pulled Husk vase was photographed in 1995, it was in the Whitley collection. Photo by Dave Doty.|
|Here is the amethyst Pulled Husk that sold at the Lincoln-Land 1994 auction to Ruth Phillips, when this photo was taken. It sold In Ruth's 1998 Lincoln-Land auction to a New York collector for $16,000. Photo by Dave Doty.|
|Here is the first Pulled Husk Corn Vase to surface in this century. It was April of 2017. Gary Lickver was on the road when he stopped at one of his favorite (undisclosed) haunts somewhere between San Diego and Denver. In the back of the shop, on the very top shelf--he spotted it. The flourescent lights made the kernels look red and pink. The shop-keeper came back, retrieved it but, despite Gary's pleadings to let him hold it, just tucked it casually under her elbow, as she slowly made her way to the front.
The tag read:
Gary says it has the most spectacular iridescence of any that have surfaced. Photo courtesy of Gary Lickver.