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Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« on: May 14, 2007, 06:54:24 PM »
These two little pieces (they're about 1.5" in diameter) were bought from a charity shop associated with a synagogue in Copenhagen.


My best guess is they're a local commission from Holmegaard by a synagogue or group, c.1969 - Michael Bang was doing some near-identical small pressed work in this very seedy glass in similar colours around this time. And I have a few other localised bits and pieces definitely by the factory - such as a glass medal for a Badminton tournament - so such commissions aren't unknown.

But before I make my mind up, I thought I'd throw it into a public forum. Any other suggestions?


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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 07:03:39 PM »
Hej Nic, I'm almost certain that these are "hinkesten", used for playing hopscotch in Denmark.


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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 07:24:59 PM »
Hello Aine.

They have holes for hanging, though. Would hinkesten have those?

But thanks for clearing up exactly what a hinkesten is! I'd spotted one or two in some Danish literature, and couldn't for the life of me figure out what they were - I was actually going to ask you when I had chance. ;D


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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2007, 05:25:36 AM »
Sorry,hadn't seen the holes in them. No, hinkesten don't have holes  :)


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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2007, 06:55:18 AM »
No problem - an easy mistake. And it cleared up another question I had in my mind.

It was, coincidentally, a hinkeston I spotted online that made me nearly certain that my two pieces are Holmegaard:

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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007, 09:06:35 AM »
I know the website, I think it is very good. In fact, when I saw yoursuncatchers/ pendants, I went straight to this site  ;D
By the way, check out the section called objects.. there are some there, by Michael Bang in 1970, Holmegaard.

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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007, 09:29:18 AM »
I've spotted the Michael Bang suncatchers - I've got a fair few of my own from that series.

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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007, 01:10:27 PM »
No problem - an easy mistake. And it cleared up another question I had in my mind.

It was, coincidentally, a hinkeston I spotted online that made me nearly certain that my two pieces are Holmegaard:

HERE

These are delightful!  How big are they normally?


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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007, 01:36:46 PM »
Seems that between 6-7cm is the general size, judging from the selection on the site.

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Re: Jewish Suncatchers / Pendants - Holmegaard?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2007, 01:42:54 PM »
Oh, just pottering through the 1970 catalogue for Holmegaard, and there is a page of hinkeston - but the English translation for them within the catalogue is 'letter-weight'. I assume this is a marketing thing, though, as there is - I'm guessing - no history of glass hop-scotch markers in the English-speaking world? And the Danish for paperweight is 'Brevpressere'.

 

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