Vintage From Paul is delighted to offer this beautiful Gold Trimmed Master Berry Bowl by McKee Glass in the Fentec, pattern circa 1904.
The body of the bowl has the Fentec clear crystal pattern; the rim is widely scalloped and the edge of which is trimmed in gold defining the scallops.
The master berry bowl measures 8 inches in diameter and it stands 3-3/8 inches in height. The glass measures 1/2 inch in thickness.
The piece is in near Mint condition, with the glass being clear and sparkling. There are no chips, cracks, sickness to the glass or other defects. There is however some wear to the gold trim on the rim.
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A Little History
McKee Glass Company began its life as McKee and Brothers Glass Works in Pittsburgh, PA in 1853. The factory later moved to Jeannette, PA, which was founded by H. Sellers McKee and named for his wife. In 1901, the National Glass Company took over the factory and ran it as McKee Glass until 1904. In 1904, National leased the factory to McKee-Jeannette Glass Company. It is this company that launched the patterns we now call the ÂtecÂ patterns.
The Introduction of the Patterns
In 1904, McKee was granted a patent for the Pres-Cut trademark. The trademark was used on pressed glassware that imitated the fine cut glass of the time. McKee introduced its new line with two patterns that had already been part of the line under National Aztec and Toltec.
This new marketing approach was very successful as the line quickly gained popularity. Later that same year McKee added another former National pattern to the Pres-Cut line Nortec. Fentec, the first McKee-designed pattern, was the next to be added. It also turned out to be the longest produced Tec pattern. Fentec can be seen in McKee catalogs as late as 1942. Two more patterns, Sextec and Bontec, were introduced in 1906.
The introduction of new Tec patterns slowed down in the years between 1908 and 1912, as the company once again reorganized, becoming the McKee Glass Company in 1908. While new Pres-Cut patterns were added during this time, only Yutec was named using the Te suffix.
1913 brought new activity to the Tec line. Between 1913 and 1915, eleven more patterns were added to the line: Bontec, Glentec, Carltec, Doltec, Plytec, Plutec, Quintec, Rotec, Startec, Valtec, and Wiltec.
Note: Some authors give 1894 as the date for some of the Tec patterns. It may be that some of these patterns were made at that time, however, documentation is conflicting. It is known that these patterns were called by their Tec names and added to the Pres-Cut line after 1904./
Identifying Tec Patterns
Many, but not all, Tec patterns are found with a Pres-Cut trademark.