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Kitchen Kollectibles: Seneca glass sends me

June 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Seneca ruby pilsners

Seneca ruby pilsners


By Scott Simmons, columnist

I love glassware

What is it about beautiful hand-wrought pieces that whets my appetite for more?

I’m not sure, but my appetite was stirred when I saw this beautiful set of Seneca glass “Slim Jim” pilsner glasses.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

The 16-ounce tall tumblers were made in the 1930s in West Virginia by Seneca, a company that was known for its exquisite quality — just look at the crystal clarity of that ruby glass.

Just about any beer would taste better in a vessel like this. I also think they’d be great for serving parfaits.

The fun thing with elegant glass like this is mixing it. I also have Slim Jims in clear and teal — think of the possibilities for Christmas.

Or, I can use this simply elegant set of pilsners as a foil to glassware with a more elaborate design.

The glasses were a bargain, too. I paid $35 for a set of eight. One was chipped, but they still were an exceptional buy — they might have cost me $30 apiece at a Depression glass show.

A thrift store with a cause

And buying them helped a good cause. I found them at The Lord’s Place’s One More Time Thrift Shop & Coffee Bar. The store benefits the The Lord’s Place, which helps the homeless.

Stop in, buy a cup of coffee, nibble some baked goods, and shop for clothing and accessories in one of the brightest, cleanest thrift stores I’ve seen anywhere.

On the trail to Scott’s finds:

  • The Lord’s Place One More Time Thrift Shop and Coffee Bar
  • 7600 S. Dixie Highway (a half-mile south of Forest Hill Boulevard)
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Phone: (561) 494-0125, ext. 4412

Scott Simmons is a South Florida writer whose passion is antique china and glassware. He has written about collectibles for more than 10 years as The Palm Beach Post’s “Look What We Found” columnist. His Kitchen Kollectibles column highlights food and dining ephemera. Have questions about your own vintage treasures? Email him at scott.simmons.writer@gmail.com.

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  • 1 Karen // Jan 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I have 6 of the 903’s in the 8.5 inch size in ruby. Have you seen them in your travels? Can’t find them ANYWHERE! =(

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