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from the past...
2006. A white Fire-King mug, decorated with a Holiday Inn
label, sells for $209.50. Why?
July 2003: A set
of 12 standard
coffee mugs, in the original box sells for $232.50
May, 2002: New Brazilian-made Fire-King 2000 kitchenware is appearing in specialty shops. See our Reproduction Alert: Fire-King2000 kitchenware.
April 2002: Fire-King2000 restaurant ware production is halted indefinitely.
March 9, 2002:
of a newly made restaurant marketed as Fire-King2000 (Also know as
has rekindled concerns among collectors. Please see our new REPRO
ALERT: Fire-King2000 restaurant ware.
February 14, 2002: Latest addition to the list of Jadite Repros is a "Swirl" Batter Bowl currently being sold at Cracker Barrel Restaurants. This is a Fantasy Item. New. Never made by Anchor-Hocking. See the illustration on our page of Jadite Repros.
Buyer Beware: The pages of eBay are replete with jade-ite repros. Many of these are being made especially for one company, The Rossos. Take a minute to visit their jadite page and educate yourself. http://www.wholesale-glass-dealer.com/products/jade/jade1.htm
A new source of imitation jade-ite restaurant ware, from China, has been reported. Each piece is labelled with an easily-removable clear plastic decal that reads "At Home International MADE IN CHINA" and a bar code. Though made to resemble Fire-King's restaurant ware line, the new plates are larger (10 1/2" in diameter) and the embossed Fire-King mark is absent.
December 1, 2000: Anchor-Hocking's production of its new Jade-ite 2000 line of restaurant ware has been temporarily halted. According to the company, the new line "hasn't met quality standards and can't be delivered at this time". Collectors, dealers, and other manufacturers are no doubt watching with some trepidation as the new restaurant ware will be marked with only a paper label that can easily be removed.
(UPDATE: Jonathan Plotzker (JonathanP@RestorationHardware.com) Director of Catalogue & Web Operations for Restoration Hardware, the sole distributor for the new line, says that..."The stamp on the bottom reads "Fire King 2000," so there's no chance of someone trying to pass this off as originals."
November 27, 2000: RARE FIRE KING HONEYSUCKLE "D" HANDLE MUG sells for $205.50 on Ebay. Not bad for a non-jade-ite item! Bidders included Gene Florence, author of Anchor Hocking's Fire-King and More. Mr. Florence was "sniped" at the last minute to lose out on this one. Too bad Gene.
November 2, 2000:
Ball Pitcher sells for $1525.00
October 3, 2000: The final selling price for a 2-quart covered jade-ite casserole: $1,425.00. The casserole is now pictured on our Fire-King Rarities page.
September 30, 2000: With three days left, the Ebay bidding for a rare jade-ite Fire-King 2-quart covered casserole has reached more than $1200. There are some chips on the underside of the lid, but that hasn't stopped six enthusiastic bidders.
April 4, 2000: REPRO ALERT: Newly made "jadite" rolling pins are appearing on Ebay. See our Reproduction Alert section. Check the auction too:
March 28, 2000: No Takers for a complete set of jade-ite Swedish Modern ("Teardrop") mixing bowls. The minimum bid set by the seller was *only* $599.99!
March 24, 2000: A Jane Ray creamer sells for nearly $200 on EBAY. The seller presented it as a "rare milk pitcher".
March 12, 2000: Despite reaching a level of $10,099, a recent ebay auction closed without matching the seller's reserve price of $12,000. So, for the time being, one of only three known jade-ite Manhattan pitchers will remain with its current owner at Hannah House Antiques in Lancaster Ohio. Reaction to the auction has been controversial since Gene Florence, a well-known author of glassware books, made the following statement:
"For anyone interested, this pitcher sold near Lancaster for $5300 in
The seller responded: On Mar-03-00 at 12:49:10 PST, with the following information:
"Please be advised
that it was recently brought to my attention, through various emails and
The auction page can be accessed at: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=272231266
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