Dispensers Inc.

A California-based company, Dispensers Inc. produced practical glass and chrome items like sugar shakers, cream/syrup pitchers and salt & pepper sets.  Other brand names appearing on these products include "Starline" and "Dripcut".  The chrome lids on all of these products are solid metal.

Corelle patterns imitated by Dispensers Inc. include:  Butterfly Gold, Snowflake Blue and Spring Blossom Green.  It is obvious that these patterns are not authentic.  Versions of Corning Ware's Blue Cornflower and Spice O' Life also were produced.  One of the cornflower designs is a perfect copy of the Corning Ware pattern, which is unusual, and it seems that this version was made for only a short time.  The more common blue flower design on Dispensers Inc. products does not match Blue Cornflower; it resembles a morning glory instead.

 

908 Salt/Pepper Shaker, 930 Cream & Sugar, 'blue cornflower'
908 salt/pepper shaker, 930 cream & sugar set, "blue cornflower".  All are made of clear glass with a white exterior finish.

Not a lot is known about the company itself, but their products have some information on them.  The most detail is stamped on the spring-top creamer and sugar shaker.  On the bottom of the glass is: "Dispensers Inc. Santa Barbara, Calif."  Inside the metal lid that same information is repeated along with the design's patent number and the 1959 registration date.  This is not the manufacturing date; they all say 1959, no matter when they were made.

The brand name "Starline" appears on the sugar top and on original packaging.  "Dripcut" is also stamped on certain items, and the creamer handle is marked "The Dripcut Server".  The designer's name, Henry Keck, is on the inside of the creamer top.  The Dripcut brand name also appeared on packaging for items that have no spout at all, like cheese graters and serviette holders.

 

Dispensers Inc. Cream & Sugar
930 sugar shaker & cream pitcher, morning glory design.

Creamers (Syrup Pitchers) & Sugar Shakers: 
Cream & sugar sets were offered in two sizes: tall and short.  Lids are universal, fitting both tall ones and short ones equally well.  The tall cream & sugar set measures 5 inches, holds about 12 oz, and the bottom of the glass is marked 930.  The short set is 4 inches high, holds about 8 oz, and is marked 908 on the bottom.  The sugar top is also numbered 930, but the creamer top is marked 900.  The creamer top was equipped with an inner gasket for a watertight seal.
  
Dispensers Inc. 902 small Salt & Pepper (3 inch)Salt & Pepper Shakers: 
Small 3 inch salt & pepper shakers are marked on the bottom with either "Starline" or "Dispensers Inc." and a 902 model number.  They were sometimes sold with a chrome tray marked "Dripcut Starline".

(Photo: Small 902 salt & pepper set.)

Medium-sized salt & pepper shakers are approximately the same diameter as a 902, but about 4 inches tall.  This type does not seem to have a model number, and is marked simply "Dispensers Inc."

Even larger is a 4 inch salt & pepper set made with a 908 base & 955 lid punched with several small holes.  These shakers have very stubby proportions, being almost as wide as they are tall.

All-Purpose Shakers: 
Larger yet is a 5 inch all-purpose shaker incorporating a 930 base & 955 lid.  The lid was manufactured two ways for this shaker.  The simple version has three large open holes, and the deluxe lid has three or four holes with a clear plastic dial attached.

Classware Plastics: 
Some plastic salt & pepper shakers and cream & sugar dispensers exist with Corelle-type patterns.  They are marked "Dripcut Corporation" along with the brand name "Classware".  They have an unusual bottom-heavy shape with a bulging base and chrome tops.  Examples in "butterfly gold" & "spring blossom green" are known so far.

 

White opal glass versus clear with white finish.
Solid white opal glass on left, clear glass with a white finish on right.

What follows is a list of known pieces by pattern.  With the interchangeable nature of 900, 930 & 955 lids and 908 & 930 bases, the lists might not be perfectly meaningful because lid-swapping is possible.  But it is probably not rampant.  Model numbers are listed as: lid + base.  None of these are official pattern names.

         

"Blue Cornflower"  

What seems to be the first Blue Cornflower knock-off is a deliberate copy of Corning's pattern, and is perfect in every aspect.  Very few opal glass items exist with this design.  Most are clear glass with a white finish, and the bottoms are clear too.

Salt & Pepper - about 4", no model number
Salt & Pepper - 3" 902
Salt & Pepper - 4" 955 + 908
Sugar Shaker - 4" 930 + 908
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 4" 900 + 908
Sugar Shaker - 5" 930 + 930
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 5" 900 + 930
All-Purpose Shaker - 5" 955 + 930 (3 holes, open)
All-Purpose Shaker - 5" 955 + 930 (3 or 4 holes, dial-top)


"Blue Morning Glory"  

This motif is a less obvious match for Corning Ware's Blue Cornflower.  It is newer than the other pattern, so all items are made of white opal glass.

Salt & Pepper - about 4", slim, no model number
Salt & Pepper - 3" 902
Salt & Pepper - 4" 955 + 908
Sugar Shaker - 4" 930 + 908
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 4" 900 + 908
Sugar Shaker - 5" 930 + 930
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 5" 900 + 930

Dripcut Logo on creamer handle                  
"Butterfly Gold" 

Salt & Pepper - plastic, Classware
Sugar Shaker - plastic, Classware
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - plastic, Classware
Sugar Shaker - 5" 930 + 930
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 5" 900 + 930


"Snowflake Blue" 

Salt & Pepper - 3" 902
Sugar Shaker - 4" 930 + 908
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 4" 900 + 908
Sugar Shaker - 5" 930 + 930
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 5" 900 + 930


"Spring Blossom Green" 

Salt & Pepper - plastic, Classware
Salt & Pepper - 3" 902
Sugar Shaker - 5" 930 + 930
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 5" 900 + 930


"Spice O' Life" 

Salt & Pepper - 3" 902
Salt & Pepper - 4" 955 + 908
Sugar Shaker - 5" 930 + 930
Cream/Syrup Pitcher - 5" 900 + 930

 

Dispensers Inc. also offered their morning glory design in at least four other colours: dark green, royal blue, orange, red.  These versions have an added solid-coloured border encircling the flower.  This company also produced other patterns, one being a daisy design in green & blue and orange & red.  It is very similar to Gemco's Daisy Collection, using the same colour schemes too. 


Related Articles:

Corelle Profile: Blue Cornflower 
Corelle Profile: Spice O' Life 
Corelle Profile: Butterfly Gold
Corelle Profile: Spring Blossom Green
Corelle Profile: Snowflake Blue