There’s a little mystery over the manufacturer of what has been called (unmarked) Akro Agate flips. It was Roger Hardy, in his book devoted to Akro Agate, who included the bowls. But when we met with him in 2010, he said he no longer believed they were made by Akro Agate. But then in 2016 when we visited him again, he was back to believing they “were” made by Akro Agate. So that’s it, we’re going with Akro Agate and not questioning him again!
And that brings me to this tall ribbed flip. It is also unmarked but except for shape is exactly like the Akro Agates, and I’m sure it was made by the same manufacturer. Since I’ve been collecting them I’ve had several that were clear, one white and two black. In comparing them, their enamel quality and texture are identical to Akro Agates, and when they show wear on the ribs through small chips of color, these chip in exactly the same way. In addition, the tall ones have the same style of mold marks as the Akro Agates.
And this is probably more info than you wanted! Nevertheless, I’m kind of passionate about these just because they’re so uncommon.
This one is 4 inches in diameter by 3 ¾ inches high. It is in excellent condition with no cracks. There are rubs and scuffs on the ribs with associated enamel loss. In looking at the bowl the from the outside, I hardly see the small chips of enamel, but as you can see in the photos it’s much more apparent from the inside with light shining in. The mold mark on the bottom is: 4.
As I noted above, this is only the second black one I’ve ever seen in this design, and the only other black ones I’ve seen have also been made by Akro Agate. They hardly come any harder to find than this, and it’s absolutely perfect to use in a kitchen with any black accents such as a stove top or coffee maker. Definitely has a 21st century aesthetic, which isn’t too surprising given the similarities between design now and Mid-Century Modern.