In the Northwood book, "Harry Northwood, The Wheeling
Years", the authors, James Measel, William Heacock,
and Barry Wiggins, speculated that the pattern known
as Teardrop Flower could be the pattern called Woggle
Bug, referred to in an early advertisement. An
article in the Glass Collector's Digest, Vol X, Number
6, p56, April/May 1997 also discussed this and showed
more pictures of the pattern.
As a result of this interesting speculation, the
following article appeared in "The Pioneer" referencing
those comments and pointing out that the shaker to the
pattern was named Flower and Bead.
Northwood's "Woggle Bug" Pattern
Bob & Carole Bruce
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The title on this note may be a little misleading as
the pattern is "Teardrop Flower" and it was only
speculation that it may be the pattern Northwood
named "Woggle Bug" (see Harry Northwood, "The Wheeling
Years"). It is a relatively unknown pattern, and seems
to be rare. The salt shaker seems to be very rare, as
it is not pictured in any of the Lechner's three books.
Heacock noted that Peterson named the pattern
"Flower and Bead" in a very rare case where he failed
to note that Kamm had previously named the pattern.
However it is reasonable for him to have missed it,
as the pattern design is limited on the salt shaker
and perhaps not that easy to recognize.
The shaker shown is an unusual Northwood color of
light green, nearly aqua. The individual sauce dish
is a beautiful electric blue. Both decorated with
gold. The pattern is pictured in the above reference
in green and amethyst, but not blue. We would really
like to see a picture of the shaker in blue, amethyst
or green. Does anyone have one?
Article Addentum: More on Woggle Bug...
When we wrote the note on Woggle Bug that appeared
in the January 2003 issue of the Pioneer, we failed
to remember that Jim Measell had written an article
on it in the Glass Collector. (Vol. X No. 6, Apr/May
1997). The interested reader is referred to that
article as it shows a beautiful Table Set in the
Teardrop Flower pattern in blue with a gold decoration.
As further note, the Rathbuns sent me a picture of
their recently acquired salt shaker in electric blue.
It is shown below.