1910 was the introduction of the best loved pattern Grape and Cable, was received and loved by all. Then in and around that time came the pastels Ice Green, Ice Blue, white. But the Aqua Opal, this unique glass had a milky white base with a beautiful iridescent sheen, resembling the shimmering colors of the ocean.


Northwood's aqua opalescent glass quickly gained popularity and became highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. The delicate and ethereal appearance of the glass, combined with its vibrant colors, made it a favorite among many. Northwood's aqua opalescent glass was used to create a wide range of decorative items, including vases, bowls, plates, and even lamp shades.


One of Northwood's most iconic designs in aqua opalescent glass is the "Grape and Cable" pattern. This pattern features a grapevine motif intertwined with a cable design, creating a visually stunning and intricate pattern. The aqua opalescent glass adds an extra layer of beauty to this design, enhancing the details and giving it a mesmerizing glow.


Another notable design by Northwood is the "Peacock at the Fountain" pattern. This pattern depicts a majestic peacock standing near a fountain, surrounded by lush foliage. The aqua opalescent glass used in this design gives the peacock's feathers a shimmering effect, making them appear even more vibrant and lifelike.


Northwood's aqua opalescent glass was not only visually appealing but also of exceptional quality. The glass was carefully crafted and had a smooth and flawless finish. The colors were rich and vibrant, and the iridescent sheen added a touch of magic to each piece.


Northwood's aqua opalescent glass was highly regarded by collectors and was often displayed in prominent glass exhibitions and shows. The popularity of this glass continued to grow, and Northwood became known as one of the leading manufacturers of iridescent glass in the early 20th century.


Unfortunately, Northwood's success was short-lived. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 disrupted the glass industry, and Northwood's production was severely affected. The company struggled to recover from the war and eventually closed its doors in 1925.


Despite its relatively short existence, Northwood's aqua opalescent glass left a lasting impact on the world of glassmaking. Its unique beauty and exquisite craftsmanship continue to captivate collectors and enthusiasts to this day. The legacy of Northwood's aqua opalescent glass lives on through the countless pieces that have survived over the years, reminding us of the remarkable talent and innovation of Harry Northwood.


In conclusion, Harry Northwood's journey in the industry ended in 1918 upon Harry's Death. But it's been rumored that he had Fenton make a limited amount of pieces. Again rumors but like all rumors, there is a bit of truth to them. But keep in mind, 100s of patterns and colors were produced and highly sought after by collectors. For more info or assessment of your collection or pieces give us a call 609-561-0377 www.elwoodantiques.com 

Author:Dennis Stanford 

Elwood Antiques