By 1962, the Epic line had grown from the original 14 pieces to include approximately 51 peices and was well on its' way to popularity. The Epic line retail prices in 1962 ranged from $1.50 to $10. WOW! Times have changed.
Bluenique is one of the colors added to the original 5. The image on the left is my 1962, 14" shallow bowl, #1421 in the bluenique color (introduced in 1958). Pictures don't do it justice. The blue reminds me of the craters inside the reef where the ocean water is still clear but a deeper blue on the island of Guam.
This peice is rather hard to find on the internet. The shallow bowl was also made in an 8 1/2" and a 22" version. After searching for more than a week, I finally verified a secondary market value and the fact that there are not too many to be had.
Another piece I own and love is the 6 petal crimped vase, also from 1962, #890, 6 1/2" also in the bluenique color. This piece still has the majority of the "Viking Glass" sticker on it. Again the color is phenomenal in person.
With the popularity of the free-form style, many other glass companies started producing "look-a-likes". If you are a collector, know that most Viking glass bears no stamp or inscription in the glass. Viking used the foil stickers exclusively until close to the end when a few pieces were actually marked in the glass.
Also, because the sticky labels were used, some have found that the label was placed on a non-Viking glass item. The labels themselves were used over many years and the color or style is not an indication of production year or age of a piece.
The Epic pieces were manufactured in an array of colors and styles. Vases, bowls, animal figurines, smoking items and more bore a modern, almost futuristic style that is synonymous with the Epic name.
Do you collect art glass?
I've become attached to the graceful curves and uniquely designed aspects of these pieces. So far, I have 8 swung glass vases and a couple of beautiful bowls that are in question. Awesomeness!!
I am in need of someone who can repair art glass. I have a vintate perfume holder with a longtailed bird stopper. The tail is broken and I wondered if there is anyone who can fix it. It belonged to my Grandmother. In trying to find out about glass repair, I came accross Viking Glass. I have purchased several pieces. Some have aViking label but most do not. I do not know if they are really vikings. The sellers claimed that they were. I purchased them because they were so pretty. All of my purchases have been of longtailed birds in different colors. I also purchased some vintage bird dresser sets. I.E. Two small bird perfume holders with a powder container (or ring storage). It has a swirled glass (two piece) container. I love glass?? I would rather use a mason jar for leftovers than plastic any day. I would also like to find Glass storage containers. The clear ones with the lined lids that usualy have a fruit or vegetable design on it. [email protected] (diane pontarelli )
YES! I collect the Viking Epic 6 Petal Candy Jars (8" and & 5.5") as well as the 3 footed drape. I am seeking (and going nuts trying to do so) to find the clear, satin annd milk white jars. CAN ANYONE HELP?
Much THANKS from a diehard Viking Glass Collector!!
You can try to look them up on the VikingArtGlass.com website. If you find a photo of them, you can download the information about value for $1.00. Hope this helps!
I have 2 tall bright green matching vases still have viking stickers but I can't seem to figure out what they're worth. Not looking to sell as they were passed down to us and of course they are beautiful! :/) I need to no for insurance purposes.
They are very attractive, I agree! I started that way myself -- buying just what appealed to me visually. Still kinda do that...
I don't really collect art glass, but I have a couple of pieces found at garage sale. I know next to nothing; but find them attractive
I know next to nothing about these things, but the colors sure are pretty.
I don't know too much about it until today...but I do like the Smokey Grey piece on the page. Nice of you to share your collection.
I took so many things for granted until I started selling on eBay, then all kinds of collectibles became interesting...opened up a whole new world. Even though I don't sell glass items, things became interesting to me that weren't before. Learned about some art glass, but haven't heard of Viking glass...beautiful pictures.