Every so often, I check out the recently sold Merry Mushrooms items on eBay and occasionally write about it. It's done not only to find out if any harder to find pieces made an appearance, but also out of curiosity of the latest going rates. Since Merry Mushrooms are sadly well out of my price range, living vicariously through other collectors is a way to make peace.
My jaw did literally drop when these glass canisters sold on June 26, 2023. As high as the price was, it was more amazing to see a set at all and in pristine condition.
After a moment, shock and disbelief turned into suspicion since they were so impeccable. However, inspecting the photos as closely as possible, they certainly seem legit. Nice!
Available in the 1982 and 1983 catalogs, this set of four clear, cylindrical glass jars have clamp lids and range from 5½" to 10" high. The lids are white with the Merry Mushrooms decal in center.
Among some of the last new pieces offered, the glass canisters fit well into the somewhat popular rustic, country style of the early 1980s. Other Merry Mushrooms in this new country style were wooden canisters, the spice and coffee mills, and the blackboard.
It has been confirmed that the lucky winner of the glass canisters is collector maven, Andrea Tippets. She kindly sent more photos of the jars and provided additional info. Thank you, Andrea. Congratulations on your amazing score!
The lids are confirmed to be ceramic with the decal design. A rubber seal would be around the lip on the underside to lock in/out moisture and bugs. In the catalog picture above, there is a thin pink-brown line between the lid and the top of the canister, suggesting they were sold with seals. Seals are easily purchased and replaced if desired.
On the bottom, the jars are stamped with the factory name, "Carlton Glass USA," and their capacity: 2L, 1.5L, 1L, and 3/4L. They are much larger than the stoneware clamp canisters, which are 24oz. and 16oz.
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