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Farber Brothers Krome-Kraft Decanter and 6 Stemware Wine Glasses
This striking set includes an amethyst decanter with a crystal white stopper, and three green, two amethyst and one amber-colored glass inserts for the six chrome holders. The undersides of each of the stemware pieces shows a bit of water-drop tarnishing, but all of the top surfaces are in “like new” condition. There are no chips or cracks in the glass inserts. The decanter is also in beautiful condition—even the stopper sports only one tiny chip.
The decanter stands about 8-1/2” tall and is about 16” in circumference at its widest point. The backstamp on the decanter includes the following: “Farber Bros. and under the 3-part company symbol “New York, N. Y., Pat. No. 87496 and 1924011.” The wine glasses are about 6” tall and hold about 3 ounces.
The brothers, Louis and Harry Farber, were Russian immigrants, coming to the United State just after the turn of the 20th century. They began by working for their older brother, S. W. Farber, who sold his famous products under the name Farberware. In 1915 Louis and Harry formed their own company, using the trade name Farber Brothers Krome-Kraft.
They manufactured hollow-ware and brass products that they sold for almost fifty years, patenting their famous holder in 1932. They invented a stand or base that held glass inserts that could be replaced if chipped or cracked. Farber Brothers’ non-tarnishing chrome holders proved popular as barware, but the company closed its doors in 1965.
Most of the glass inserts were produced by the Cambridge Glass Company, but Fenton, Fostoria, Indiana, Corning, Westmoreland, and Duncan and Miller also produced inserts for Farber Brothers. The glass insert colors included amber, amethyst, green, royal blue, crystal white, ebony, and milk white.