This exquisite marigold tumbler is
the first reported Carnival Glass example in Brockwitz’ Gardestern pattern. It
stands just a shade under 3” high (precisely 8.7 cm) and measures approx. 1 ¾” across the base
(about 4.2 cm). Without a doubt, the most striking feature of the tumbler is the pattern, which was
named Gardestern by Brockwitz and was produced in a suite of shapes that are illustrated in their
1915 Musterbuch (catalogue).
The pattern is a finely detailed, superbly
crafted geometric, featuring a massive star which has a raised file “button” centre, a raised
diamond outer section and long, incised rays forming a starburst effect. Stretching out from the
star in both vertical and horizontal directions are bands comprised of close lines giving a ribbon
effect. There are three massive stars on the tumbler, joined by the horizontal,
But this isn’t just another “star” pattern; this
had meaning! Look at the name given to it by Brockwitz: Gardestern. To
find the source of the design inspiration we need to look to militaria – the Gardestern was the
star on the helmets of the Prussian Guard. The Gardestern range of glass was only illustrated in
the Brockwitz 1915 catalogue. It does not appear in any later catalogues that we have studied.
Almost certainly this tumbler was made in Carnival in or even just before, 1915. We know
that Brockwitz were making Carnival at this
time as there are references in their 1915 catalogue to items being made in "Goldiris" (marigold Carnival), “Lüsterdekor"
(iridised) and "m. eingebranntem” (fired on iridescence) - read more about this Brockwitz Revelation
The 1915 catalogue illustrations show bowls,
plates and a tumble-up as well as the stand alone tumbler itself.
Brockwitz catalogue extracts are courtesy Dieter Neumann
and Siegmar Geiselberger.