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Offline zidori

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Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« on: April 01, 2007, 03:18:55 PM »
Having relied very heavily on others to identify my "finds" and acquisitions, I thought it was time to stick my neck out - (to probably get it chopped off!).
I picked up a few items at our local car boot sale this morning and this is my conclusion about the two "paperweight" items. Am I correct or do I don the dunce's cap?
Ronnie

First item - a Vasart pin dish?

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6117
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6116

Second Item - first reaction is Murano, but the canes don't quite look like the canes in any of the few Murano weights I have or have seen?  I'll stick with Murano!

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6120
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6119
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6118

Am I correct?

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Re: Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2007, 04:55:05 PM »
I don't know about the first item though it is a very lovely find.

Your feeling that the canes in the second don't look quite Murano is correct. It's a Chinese weight. One dead giveaway is the slightly frosty base that is 'out of round'. In a Murano the base would be polished and perfectly round. Once you see a lot of Murano and Chinese you will notice that the Chinese have a more limited range of colors and the canes seem 'mushier'.
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Re: Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2007, 05:45:35 PM »
Thank you for your contribution. Even though I stuck with the wrong answer, I'm quite pleased that my gut feelings are becoming more attuned. As time goes on I'll gain more confidence in these gut feelings and thanks to people like yourself my knowledge will increase greatly.
Ronnie

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Re: Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 09:29:25 AM »
Your first thought that the second weight was Murano was based on cane recognition.  These canes could well have been made in Murano and sold on the internet, so the weights they appear in could be made anywhere in the world - and yes, it's usually China!  ;)
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Re: Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 02:22:22 PM »
Thank you Leni. They don't make it easy for us, do they? :)
Ronnie

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Re: Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007, 09:04:20 PM »
The Pin Dish is difficult to pin down (ho ho) to Vasart or Strathearn, although it is certainly one of those. But I favour Vasart because of the canes. The clarity of the clear glass suggests it is from the later Vasart years (1956 to 1964). If it is Strathearn it is likely to be from the early years (say, 1965 to 1967).
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Re: Testing My Expanding Knowledge
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2007, 06:29:51 AM »
Thank you for that Kevin  ;D
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