Special Find: Northwood's Cactus in Blue Opalescent
Harry Northwood's Many Cactus Colors


A member reports a recent purchase of a known shaker in a rare color. Northwood's Cactus in known in many colors but has never been pictured in Blue Opalescent Stripe. The member reports that one was seen at Brimfield about 15 years ago but the dealer wanted over twice the price of a beautifully decorated Mt Washington egg shaker. Not knowing the rarity of it, it was passed. However, the search has been ongoing since, only to finally be found in 2004 in an Antique Mall. The price was still higher than others of comparable quality but that no longer mattered. It is now pictured below, followed by many other Northwood Cactus shakers.



Cactus Blue Opalescent Salt Shaker, side view cactus blue opalescent Salt Shaker, corner view



HARRY NORTHWOOD'S CACTUS SHAKERS

Harry Northwood produced some of the finest colored pattern glassware of the Victorian era. Normally the salt shakers were associated with a pattern. One shaker that is not, is the Cactus shaker. It was produced in more colors and glass types than any other shaker known. There are at least twelve different shakers.

1 Cranberry Opalescent
2 Blue Opalescent
3 Canary Opalescent
4 Pink Cased (two tints)
5 Blue Opalware (two tints)
6 Light Green Opalware
7 Pea Green Opalware
8 Cased Green
9 White Opalware (w & w/o decoration)
10 Clear Amethyst
11 Clear Apple Green
12 Clear Electric Blue

This shaker can probably be found in Pink Opalware = 13. If you assume 13, and accept that the dark pink and slag type blue are different from the other respective colors, then the total number becomes 15. Counting decorated and undecorated milk, then the number becomes an unbelieveable 16.

cactus cranberry opalescent salt shaker, side view cactus cranberry opalescent salt shaker, corner view


cactus canary opalescent salt shaker, side view


cactus canary opalescent salt shaker, corner view


pea green cactus salt shaker


green cactus salt shaker


green cased cactus salt shaker
Northwood's Unique Pea Green Green Green Cased


blue opalware cactus salt shaker


dark blue opalescent thin salt shaker
Blue Opalware Dark Blue Thin Opalescent


cactus opal Decor blue one side salt shaker


cactus opal decor pink other side salt shaker
Opal, Blue Decor One Side Opal, Pink Decor Other Side


muddy pink cased cactus salt shaker


pink cased cactus salt shaker2
Northwood Unique Muddy Pink Cased Pink Cased


amethyst clear cactus salt shaker


clear blue cactus salt shaker


clear green cactus salt shaker
Amethyst Electric Blue Apple Green


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