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EAPC, Prescut Pineapple and Prescut Oatmeal Lines by Anchor Hocking

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EAPC stands for Anchor Hocking’s Early American Prescut line of glass, line number 700 series. With the exception of some pieces as listed further down, it was produced from 1960 -1974.

EAPC, not Prescut for short, has become the term used by many collectors to describe three sets of very similar patterns that have very similar names. Two of those sets of patterns are not EAPC. Those would be Prescut Pineapple and Prescut Oatmeal produced from 1941 to the 1970's. They are are considered EAPC go-withs or the other patterns. The original intent of the EAPC designation was that it only be used to identify Pattern Line Numbers in the 700 series. Again, EAPC does not include Anchor Hocking’s Prescut Line called Pineapple or the Prescut line called Oatmeal. You may also have seen what looks like a pattern name: Prescut Oatmeal and Pineapple. We do not think this is actually a pattern name.

Who knew that over 50 years later, these three would cause confusion regarding their official pattern names. What we are dealing with is the Anchor Hocking craft of confusion considering the similar names used for these patterns: Prescut-Pineapple, Prescut-Oatmeal and then Early American Prescut. See the confusion. They all say Prescut. Prescut is not EAPC or Early American Prescut. EAPC is actually the last pattern produced in this chain of not only similar names but similar pattern motifs. Given the Early in EAPC, you’d think it was the first pattern line produced in this trio yet it is the last.

I’m choosing to lump these patterns together in the database for obvious reasons. I’d like to also add that Anchor Hocking’s EAPC and Prescut lines should not be confused with the older pattern McKee Glass produced also called PresCut. Are you scratching your head yet?

It’s easy to mistake these three patterns, especially on the tumblers. The central motifs are very similar. The consistency and brilliancy of the glass is similar with Pineapple being the slight exception. Being the first produced, it should be a crisper and clearer glass. Its cuts are also more defined. Then there is the central theme or motif. Using the tumblers as an example, where the Star of David has an eight-pointed star, Oatmeal has a puffed floral fan with large petals while Pineapple merely has the protruding fan. The identification difficulty is mostly between Pineapple and Oatmeal since EAPC has the large Star of David and two others do not. Also, the Prescut tumblers should have concave or flared sides and the EAPC tumblers have straight sides.

Line No. 700 is the true EAPC pattern produced by Anchor Hocking from 1960 to 1999, although most pieces were discontinued by 1978. The sugar, creamer, cruets, vases and shakers with plastic tops were made as late as 1997. There are slight differences in the later productions; such as the sugar lid. The pattern was named EAPC in remembrance of the Early American Pressed Glassware after a surge of depression glass colored wares. The reason it is called Star of David is because the pattern is comprised of one or more centralized eight-pointed stars similar to the Jewish Star. The Jewish Star is made of two overlaid equilateral triangles that form a six-pointed star. However different, the effects of the EAPC star cuts gives a dimensional effect that mimics the an overlaid look. The pattern is also referred to as Star and Fan or Pressed Star and Fan

All the pieces in this pattern have the star on them with the exception of the cup and double candle. EAPC was one of Anchor Hocking's most popular kitchen patterns. Many of the pieces of EAPC were sold for a very limited time (in some cases only a year). These pieces are quite difficult to find. The cocktail shaker is the most difficult piece to find, followed by the oil lamp. The 11-3/4 inch paneled bowl and the 11 inch plate with swirled dividers are scarce too. There is a bud vase and a sherbet that sells for a tremendous price but few collectors will pay high prices for small pieces in this pattern.(3)

We're assuming this pattern line uses the 600 number series. The star is not in its pattern design but in it’s place has a puffy floral spread design or fan-like design where the star would be. Oatmeal is also sometimes referred to as Wheat. The reason this pattern is called Oatmeal is because it was distributed in boxes of Crystal Wedding Oats. Oatmeal had a high production volume and is very common.

We're assuming this pattern uses the 500 number series. Pineapple is a name given the pattern by collectors since many of the pieces, esp. the pitcher looks like a pineapple. The first pieces were actually manufactured in the 1940's and appears in a 1941 catalog. Pineapple is similar to Oatmeal in that both pieces have the fan design with the diamond design below. Many of the pieces merely have the fan motif esp. the tumblers. On Pineapple, all of the leaves of the fan point upward and fan out slightly. On Oatmeal, the leaves of the fan radiate up and out almost 180 degrees and then have shorter leaves pointing down. Also, on Pineapple, the diamond cut is more pronounced.(1)

Author: Diana Ricci

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1. Ebay Guides: merican-Prescut-
; by EbayID: hugawayfromhome
2. Anchor Hocking’s Fire-King and More, 2nd edition, by Gene and Cathy
    Florence, c. 2000
3. K and M Antiques:

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