|Twigs, Dugan, Beauty Bud, Diamond|
|Dugan's Twigs vases are distinguished by the twigs connecting the base with the bowl of the vase. The most desirable are the short crimped versions in the jack-in-the-pulpit shape, as shown on the left. Less desirable, but still very much in demand, are those with crimped or 3-ruffled tops and those with straight up sides. The versions that are 8-9 inches tall (right photo) are referred to as bud vases.|
|Vases, JIP crimped, 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches tall
Purple, 450, 1,000, 1,100 (all 2016),
475 (2017), 625 (2020), 1,350 (2021)
Vases, crimped round, 4-5 inches tall
Vases, three ruffles (tricorner)
Vases, straight up sides, no crimping
Vases, straight up sides, spittoon top
|Beauty Bud vases, 7-9 inches tall, with twig feet|
Amethyst/purple, 35 (2015), 35, 45 (both 2019),
45 (2021), 15, 20 (both 2022)
Amethyst, swung to 8 1/4 inches, 60 (2021)
Lavender, 15 (2016), 50 (2019)
Marigold, 5, 8, (2009), 2 (2012), 5 (2022)
Bud vases (no twigs at base)
|Unusual opalescent Twigs vases|
|The Twigs vase on the left appears to be yellow opal. The photo was sent to me by Forrest Nagel in late 2018 asking if I had heard of any others. I had to admit that I hadn't and began checking around. I first asked Larry Keig, who specializes in Dugan patterns, and he hadn't either but checked with others. Greg Dilian said he thought it had been made by Dugan prior to the Carnival era but iridized after 1905.
The center photo is of an aqua opal Twigs vase. It sold at a Jim Wroda auction 2012 and listed as 4 1/2 inches tall. It is one of about six I've heard of in this color, which most collectors feel are newer. Still, they bring good prices--this one selling for $2,800.
On the right is a Twigs vase in peach opal that sold at a Jim Seeck auction in 2014. It was listed as the only one known. It brought $2,700.
Above is a display from an 1898 G. Sommers and Co. catalog. Clearly shows a Twigs vase and notes that it was made in yellow opal. Great confirmation of age and pattern. Imagine, 88 cents per dozen! That's less than 8 cents per vase.