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old swan open salt on pedestal - vaseline glass
« on: May 07, 2007, 03:53:14 AM »
Hello all
I got this a week ago at the Harrisburg, PA "East Coast National" antique show.
http://www.vaselineglass.org/swanw2.jpg  side view
http://www.vaselineglass.org/swanw3.jpg  bottom view

It is shown in the OPEN SALT COMPENDIUM, as 'possible Pairpoint', but
I think that is because pairpoint made a similar one in both the 20's and the
new Pairpoint company (from Sagamore, MA) has also made some.  This is
based on the head being made as a flattened pinch to denote the head.

THIS particular salt on pedestal has an old base, old style, and it is flint glass.
It is very heavy too.  It measures 5 1/8" tall.  The base is pressed and the top
was done by hand-work.  There are a lot of inclusions in the glass, bubbles, etc.
The base has been polished on the side edges, with a slight bevel on the rims
to take off the sharpness. 

there was one on ebay that ended today, in a different color:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180112299007

I showed this to Jeff Evans, who is the auctioneer/owner of GREEN VALLEY AUCTIONS
in Mt. Crawford, VA.  Jeff is highly respected for his knowledge of glass, and his
auctions bring top dollar.  His opinion is respected by many glass collectors.
He looked it over carefully and his estimation, based on the style, the workmanship,
the piece's overall look as far as how it was made, etc.   He thought it was most
likely made in the 2nd quarter of the 19th century, either UK or the European continent.

I think that this is much more likely than a pairpoint piece from the 20's.  I have
seen what pairpoint did for swans during that era, and their glass was much more
refined.

now, to my question:  anyone know who made this?
even though the glass has a slightly off-colored vaseline tint to it, it
still glows very nicely.  Looking forward to any comments and thanks
in advance for looking at this strange little swan.

regards
Mr. Vaseline Glass


 

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