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Q: What does it mean when an ad says a Northwood vase is “JIP shape”?

A: “JIP” stands for “jack-in-the-pulpit” and describes a vase shaped something like the flower with that name. It’s a narrow vase with a wide mouth that has one side pulled upward and the other side folded downward. Vases in this shape were first made by Stevens & Williams of Stourbridge, England, in about 1854. The term “jack-in-the-pulpit” wasn’t used until Louis Comfort Tiffany used it for vases he made beginning in 1900. Northwood Glass Co. of Wheeling, W.Va., was one of several other glass manufacturers that made vases in this shape.

 


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