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Offline Frank

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« on: March 26, 2005, 04:12:00 PM »
Well, with all the creatures that are appearing in various thread and no-one owning up to collecting them :wink:

Who is :?:

Can you identify who made any of these

http://tinypic.com/2cwwmu
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2005, 04:25:19 PM »
Is the dachshund with the turquoise ears not your Pirelli?
I've got a few amimals/fish/dragons. They live on top of the toilet cistern or along the ridge on top of the woodwork in the loo. They're smallish, and the only things that will fit on a shelf only 1.5 inches wide! If I've got a shelf, I'll put glass on it :D Cheers, Sue
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2005, 04:54:29 PM »
No nothing Pirelli in that lot! Hence, I am trying to find out who else made like this. The yellow eared Dachsund 'might be' Pirelli
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2005, 06:14:02 PM »
My daughter collects glass animals, she has nearly 100!!

I have a few of the larger ones , including a rabbit with a walking stick which is Perelli as I have seen it on Franks site, but i can't photograph it as the kids have used the camera batteries in the CD players and they are flat!

I love them as they really brighten the place up.

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2005, 09:01:35 PM »
A good number of highly skilled lampworkers were/are employed making intricate laboratory apparatus in "Pyrex".

A few had/have a lucrative sideline making glass animals at home.  They would all be more than capable of making any of the animals shown.

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2005, 09:12:45 PM »
Hi Barbara,

Are any of your daughters collection labelled? The main indicator of Pirelli seems to be that the eyes are three colours with white/pupil/iris. But not all :x Is your rabbit like the black and white one or the one of the possibly Pirelli page, I just got another that is closer to the Pirelli one but I do not think it is. Picture in 5 minutes.


Adam, they seem to have been made commercially in substantial quantities for gift trade etc. would you know if your colleagues were selling via a company or just as gifts. The glassworkers at Pirelli were recorded as Scientific glassmakers. Published material concentrates on moulded or American production of glass animals.


Ray, all I can find with your suggestion is glass jewellery.



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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2005, 09:22:51 PM »
Some more. http://tinypic.com/2d0un9

I doubt if any are Pirelli.

Rabbit is not exactly like the Pirelli one shown here
(http://www.ysartglass.com/Pirelli/Images/Rabbit02bw.jpg) The other one from website: (http://www.ysartglass.com/Pirelli/Images/Rabbit03.jpg)
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2005, 09:41:52 PM »
The town of Lauscha, near Dresden, is the largest producer of lampworked animals and figurines.
http://www.glaszentrum-lauscha.de/de/home.php
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2005, 10:13:45 PM »
Hi Frank,

It is like the black and white photo. Mine has a blue jacket and trousers, a red bowtie and buttons and is holding a yellow walking stick. The funniest thing is his flat legs !Quite the dandy

 The only other one which Vicky has that is similar to the Pirelli glass animals you have on the site is the rabbit holding a carrot.

Once the batteries have recharged I'll photo them.

Barbara


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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2005, 10:42:26 AM »
Frank,

Sorry, I don't know to what extent "home-made" animals were sold commercially, but I would be surprised if there weren't a lot.  Your posting reminded me - their proper job title was, I think, Scientific Glassblowers.  The top men shared highest-earners place in the factory with the top big-shop blowers (i.e. working at furnace type blowing, making up to 200 litreflasks).

I have a vague recollection that a couple of the lampworkers (let's stick to the common term) had left to set up their own business.  I don't know how much of that was animals etc and how much jobbing scientific work for small labs.  It must have been lucrative to have quit their original, highly paid jobs.

For the record, all of this would have been in the Sunderland area.

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