We have a lovely set of 4 unusual salts with handles produced by the Wheeling Decorating Glass Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, which operated from 1869 to 1962. Our salts are unmarked, which is not unusual for the Wheeling Decorating Co., also referred to as WDCO. However, we are certain that these salts are by WDCO because of the unique AOG Roses, Daisies & Doves pattern that WDCO produced during the 1920's and 1930's, which was the height of the AOG or All Over Gold fashion in porcelain and fine tableware. This WDCO design is nearly identical to the Rose & Daisy design produced by Pickard and Stouffer during this time period, except that the WDCO design also features doves perched on stems and branches throughout the pattern. Our beautiful salts/sauce dishes date from approximately 1915 to no later than 1923. They are in excellent condition, with fully intact gilding and clear, sharp etching. These four lovely pieces have no nicks, cracks, dings or any other condition issues that would detract from their appearance or their utility. Measuring 3" in diameter from handle's end to handle's end, this set will be a lovely addition to a Wheeling, Pickard, Stouffer or vintage AOG collection, and would be a graceful addition to a formal table!
The Wheeling Decorating Glass Company of Wheeling, West Virginia was one of the pre-eminent American companies decorating fine glass, china, pottery and porcelain during the first half of the 20th century. WDCO purchased blanks from companies around the world including Cambridge, Central Glass, Fenton, Fostoria, Homer Laughlin, Lenox and many more, and then decorated them with elaborate and labor-intensive etchings and gilded designs. The elegant Wheeling designs are still avidly sought out by collectors today.