Inverted Strawberry, Cambridge   Updated 5/26/2014    More
Inverted Strawberry is an intaglio pattern--that is, the pattern is depressed into the surface rather than raised above it as with most Carnival patterns. This was one of Cambridge's most popular patterns and was made in a wide range of shapes and--for Cambridge--colors. Many pieces are marked with Cambridge's trademark, Near Cut. As with most pieces in the pattern, bowls are quite scarce. The rosebowl shape above right was made from the large berry bowl and is about 8 1/2 inches wide. It's in amethyst and sold in 1995 for $200.
Berry sets

Amethyst, 5 piece, 200 (2005)

Amethyst, 6 piece, 215 (2000)

Green known

Marigold, 5 piece, 600 (1998)

Bowls, 6-7 inches

Blue, 250 (1993)

Green, 20-30

Sauce or small bowl, about 5 inches

Amethyst, 25-40

Blue known

Green, 20-30

Marigold, 15-25

Bowls, about 10 inches, some signed Near Cut

Amethyst, 225 (1998), 160, 175 (both 2010),
   115 (2013)

Green, 145 (1998), 60 (2008), 55 (2011)

Marigold, 105 (1998), 55 (2008)

Large rosebowls or centerpiece bowls

Amethyst, 225, 750 (both 2010),
   120 (2011), 205 (2013)

Marigold, 165 (2008), 550 (2010),
   60 (2014)

Bowl, 9 inch, round

Amethyst, 115 (2004), 80 (2012)

Green, 30 (2008), 115 (2010), 70 (2011), 55 (2014)

Marigold, 105 (2007), 55 (2008)

Bowl, 9 inch, ruffled

Green, 45 (2006), 60 (2008), 115 (2010)

Bowl, round, dome footed

Marigold, 225 (2003)

Bowl, 2 sides up, 6 inches

Green, 275 (2010)

Cambridge made it's Inverted Strawberry compotes in quite a few shapes, though none of them come up for auction often. Above are a large ice cream shaped in amethyst, a small round in blue, a large marigold with the edge flattened, a tall green cupped in like a rosebowl, and a tall marigold.
Compote, large, 8-9 inches

Amethyst, 250 (2009), 400 (2010),
   165, 215 (both 2011), 300 (2013)

Marigold, 350 (2010), 250 (2012), 75 (2013)

Marigold, flattened edge, 300, 600 (both 2010),
   325 (2013)
Compote, chalice shape, 6 inches tall

Green, 6,000 (2008), 2,500 (2012)

Marigold, 1,300 (2008), 800 (2010)

Compote, small, about 4 inches

Amethyst, 600 (2008), 220 (2010)

Blue, 2,700 (1993), 425 (2010)

Marigold, 450 (1998), 850 (2005)

Inverted Strawberry pitchers are known in both the milk and water size. Both are rare. Shown is a milk pitcher courtesy of Floyd and Cecil Whitley. The tumbler is interesting in that it appears green when viewed through the side, but when viewed through the base the glass is blue. Courtesy of Ted Meeker. Tumblers have been reproduced.
Tumblers

Amethyst/purple, 40-80

Blue, rare (some repros known)

Green, 135 (2010), 120 (2011), 100 (2013)

Marigold, 20-35
Water sets, 7 piece

Amethyst, 3,600 (1995), 3,300 (2001), 1,500 (2010)

Marigold, 1,900 (2010), 1,700 (2012)

Water pitchers

Amethyst, 1,350, 1,500 (both 2004),
   900 (2007), 1,000 (2008), 675 (2009)

Green, 950 (2009), 650 (2010), 750 (2013)

Marigold, 775 (2003)

Milk pitchers

Amethyst, 6,250 (2004), 2,000 (2009), 2,500 (2010),
   1,900 (2012)

Marigold, 875 (2004)

The small spittoons, such as that on the left, were production items rather than whimsies. The pattern was also used on small souvenir spittoons for a couple of Carnival Glass clubs. A few of the large berry bowls were made into spittoon shapes. The amethyst one shown above sold in 1997 for $700, another for $300 in 2010.
Spittoons

Amethyst, 160 (1997), 300 (2010)

Green, 450, 525 (both 2011), 425, 500 (both 2012), 425, 525 (both 2013)

Green, emerald, 2,250 (2005)

Marigold, 250 (2011), 375, 450 (both 2012), 350, 750 (both 2013)
Table sets and component pieces are scarce, so it is difficult to establish value. The marigold set above sold in 1995 for $1,050. On the right is a celery vase in green--another rarity. While similar to the spooner, it is taller. A rare whimsey bonbon was made from the spooner. Breakfast sets (a small creamer and open sugar) are known in blue.
Table sets, 4 pieces

Blue known

Green, butter damage, 800 (1995)

Marigold, 675 (2007), 550 (2010), 500 (2012)

Purple, wrong sugar bottom, 2,800 (1995)

Butter dishes

Amethyst, pinhead, 275 (2004)

Marigold, 550 (1998), 175 (2014)

Creamers

Amethyst, 75 (2007), 55 (2010), 85 (2012)

Green, 400 (1996), 155 (2010), 75 (2011)

Marigold, 385 (1998), 65 (2003), 50 (2009), 65 (2014)

This unusual stemmed creamer and sugar in amethyst sold for $500 in 2013. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

Spooners, 2 handles

Amethyst, 250 (2005), 225 (2007),
   105, 125 (both 2012)

Green, 65 (2012)

Marigold, 100 (2007), 30 (2010),
   60 (2014)

Sugar, covered

Amethyst, 375 (2005)

Green, 120 (2012)

Marigold, 250 (2005), 165 (2006)

Marigold, signed Near Cut,
   425 (1999), 150 (2006)

Breakfast set (small creamer, open sugar)

Amethyst, 700 (2007), 120 (2010),
   450 (2012)

Celery vase

Amethyst, 350 (1998), 400 (2010)

Blue, 850 (1994),
   375, 550 (both 2010)

Green, 950 (1998), 650 (2010)

Candleholders, whether in green or marigold are quite scarce. Interestingly, a pair will usually sell for more than twice the cost of two single candlesticks. Powder jars are probably the most frequently seen item in Inverted Strawberry. Comments by Alan and Lorraine Pickup on candlesticks.
Candleholders, pair

Green, 400-600

Marigold, 425 (2000),
   225, 700 (both 2010)

Candleholder, single

Green, 25, 150, 350 (all 2010)

Marigold, 160 (2004), 220 (2008),
   140 (2011)

Powder jars

Green, 125, 140, 185 (all 2010),
   75 (2011), 125, 160 (both 2012),
   100, 150 (both 2013), 225 (2014)

Marigold, 75, 135 (both 2010),
   95 (2011), 65, 85, 100, 120 (all 2012)
In 2011, Yvan Beaudry sent me this photo of an Inverted Strawberry nappy in green. He also knows of one in marigold. Kind of a surprise to me as I've not heard of either color in this shape in the 20 years I've been following Carnival.