Early American Pattern Glass
All EAPG will be pressed glass, which means the liquid hot glass was squeezed or pressed into a mold that imparted the shape and patterns. However, not nearly all pressed glass is pattern glass. To be EAPG the design must have been made in a wide enough of selection to merit being labeled “a pattern.” A few pieces of pressed glass bearing the same design will not elevate it to being EAPG. Today it is accepted that the definition of production of enough shapes to be called a pattern means that it was manufactured in at least the basic Victorian table set of creamer, sugar bowl, butter dish and spooner. A single EAPG pattern may have over 100 different shapes from small salt dip to large compote. Most but not all EAPG patterns will have a goblet.
Collectors of EAPG pursue their collections in many ways: by color, by pattern, by form (such as goblets, butter dishes, etc) or by company. Several current books are available on EAPG. Some patterns and some specific shapes have been reproduced.