Unofficial color list for The “Sitting Cat” collectible figurine, manufactured by Mosser Glass. Organized by color family, with descriptions and links to images where available. (Where did I get this information?)
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Red & Pink
Heirloom pink – Opaque light pink. Older color.
Peachblo – Light pink-peach. – October 1981. Also in satin.
Red iridized – 2004
Strawberry – darker red
Black cherry – Very dark red, looks black unless held up to the light.
Cranberry ice – Warm reddish pink
Rose – Darker pink
Blazer / Harvest – Brownish shading to reddish / orange on the ears and feet
Red slag (aka Red Calico) – Red, yellow and white slag – February 1990
Fiesta – clear red, orange and yellow slag
Wine – Orangish red and gold, slightly translucent
Twilight pink – very pale warm pink
Pink opal – Pink with opalescent ears / feet / tail
Pink wind frost – Pink /peach with heavy opalescence.
Pink champagne iridized – Pink carnival.
Tomato – November 1992
Yellow & Orange
Vaseline – greenish yellow. Glows bright green in ultraviolet light. – March 1997
Custard – Opaque light greenish yellow. Glows bright green under a black light.
Jungle moss – Yellow with streaks of red /brown.
Honey – Light golden yellow
Golden opaline – Golden yellow with opalescent ears.
Buttercup – Yellow over an opaque core. Similar to Golden Opaline but darker.
Mandarin Slag – Opaque white with streaks of orange and coral.
Moonglo – Vaseline with white slag
Flame – shades of orange and gold.
Light yellow – Clear, pale yellow – September 1993
Vaseline opal – Greenish yellow with opalescence on ears and feet. Clear and Cloudy variations.
Clay – Opaque red-orange – March 1997
Persimmon – Orangish-red – Persimmon glass contains manganese so should be UV reactive
Pumpkin – November 1986
Tangerine iridized – Light orange carnival.
Harvest or Blazer (see entry under Red)
Harvest Slag – Multicolored orange slag (?)
Lemon lime swirl – Yellow-green with blue-white slag. – June 1981
Tiger eye – Yellow-green with streaks of reddish brown
Irish mist – Pale warm green.
Peppermint slag – medium clear green with white slag.
Apple green – light green.
Hunter green – Darker green with a blueish cast.
Hunter green iridized
Ice lime iridized – Light green carnival
Lime – Opaque medium yellow-green
Green banana – Pale yellowish green opaque. Greenish custard glass. Glows bright green under UV light.
Sea breeze – Apple green carnival
Green wind frost – Light green with heavy opalescence. – June 1991
Green slag / Moss green slag – Opaque green, black, white slag. Lots of variation.
Green milk – Opaque medium green
Green milk slag – opaque medium green and white
Jadeite / Sea foam – Cool, light grayish green
Green opal – Light green opalescent. Also satin finish.
Green opal iridized
Teal – Blue-green, clear. Also satin finish.
Winter Green – White and light green slag
Cobalt – Dark cobalt blue, the darkest of Mosser’s blue shades.
Milk and Cobalt – White milk glass and cobalt.
Ice blue iridized
Turquoise – Blue and green glass over an opaque white core. The amount of blue or green varies. Also, turquoise satin.
Wind frost – Light ice blue with heavy opalescent “frost” on the head, sides and legs.
Smoke n blue – opaque light blue with streaks of smoky brown /black.
Blue – Bright blue. Also Blue Frosted (Satin)
Blue milk – Opaque light blue
Milky blue – medium blue and white slag
Aqua – Light greenish blue
Aqua opal – 2003 – Clear and cloudy variations, also iridized and satin
Aqua Carnival? (AC on Mosser’s list)
Cloud 9 – bright blue with white slag – October 1981
Ritz blue – Muted medium blue – October 1983
Periwinkle carnival – Opaque light blue iridescent
Cambridge blue – June 1988
Willow blue – Very light clear blue – June 1989
Cobalt & milk slag – August 1997
Custard Grape – Purple / amethyst with custard glass slag
Lavender ice – Very close in color to cranberry ice. Newer color
Amethyst – Medium purple also Amethyst iridized
Black amethyst – dark purple, nearly black (May be another name for Black Berry?)
Plum – reddish purple.
Plum opal iridized
Black Berry – October 1992
Purple carnival – Heavily iridized opaque purple. If you have a strongly iridized cat and can’t see a color through the ears / feet, it’s probably purple carnival.
Purple swirl – Purple and white slag. – 2001 – Also in satin
Heatherbloom iridized – March 1998
Royal luster – Dark and lighter purple. Older “double M” cat, looks similar to Purple Swirl.
Amber – Brown “root beer” glass
Brown Calico – Brown, red and white slag. Very variable color.
Chocolate – Opaque brown. – March 1982
Taffy – Light warm brown opaque.
Butterscotch slag – also Butterscotch slag satin
Butterscotch slag carnival (iridized)
Black, White, Gray
Milk / White milk – White Opaque. Also satin finish
Smoke – Black with translucent gray ears and feet. Also satin finish.
Crystal – Clear. Also Crystal satin.
Gray – Blueish-gray opaque. Also in satin finih.
Cameo bronze – Opaque white with streaks of bronze.
Crystal wind frost – Crystal with heavy white opalescence – May 1983
Crystal iridized – January 1996
Crystal opal iridized
French Vanilla – off-white – April 1998
Black – Solid opaque black
Rubina – Yellow, blue and green, appears to be on a black opaque core. This was a special order for a client.
Moonstone – Believed to be a light blue / green slag. However moonstone glass was also a name used for clear glass with opalescent white popular around the same time, so this may have been another name for crystal windfrost or crystal opal.
Spindrift – Per a note on the Mosser notebook page with the little plates, this may be another name for aqua (green) windfrost
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Where did this information come from?
Unfortunately, Mosser did not keep very good records during most of the years that the sitting cat was in production. There is just a small notebook – partly typed, partly handwritten. Two pages list sitting cat colors, another lists colors for the cat plates. Some of them have months / years listed, most do not. There are no color descriptions and some known colors are not mentioned at all.
The list on this page was aggregated from:
- The Mosser Glass notebook pages.
- A couple of Mosser catalogs from the 2000’s
- Conversations with other collectors
- Mosser dealers. A good percentage of my own collection was from a former Mosser dealer and most of those items came to me labelled. Another source – product lists on old sites, from archive.org
- Other products Mosser was making at the time where the color names are known. Jenny / Josh, clowns, collies – with the caveat that some colors were sold under different names across products.
- Standard industry names for types of glass produced at the time, for example, persimmon is likely to be persimmon glass.