I've noticed many new readers here lately, so let me welcome you to Wednesday at Mitzi's Miscellany, where I provide "easy to digest" educational bits about antiques in various formats. Today is "Expand Your Vintage Vocabulary", where I hope many readers (maybe you?) will learn a new term to add to their knowledge base. The more you know about antiques, the more fun you'll have shopping at flea markets, garage sales, and antique malls. It's true!
"End of day" glass was originally glass created by glass workers who used the leftover molten glass at the end of the workday to make things for themselves to keep of sell. Later on, these multicolor items became popular and were produced by the glass companies for sale.
Fellow Michigan antique dealers Barb and Bruce who run eBay shop To Be In Clover had these end of day glass beads for sale a while back:
eBay seller Southern Antiques Market had a great example of an end of day vase for sale recently. Note how the multicolored glass is evident on the interior and exterior of the piece:
A second method of making multicolor glass was developed as the popularity of end of day glass increased, differing from the molten glass method. Bits of colored glass were laid on a table and a hot piece of molten glass rolled across the colored bits, which would melt into the surface of the piece. These pieces can be identified easily because the interiors would be a solid color (see below).
End of day glass might be only two colors, or many colors. I suppose it all depends on what was left over at the end of the day in the glass blower's workshop!