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Author Topic: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)  (Read 2014 times)

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Offline Beth

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Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« on: October 27, 2007, 04:57:55 PM »
Hello, I was wondering if anyone kknows where this weight may have been made or who made it? Thank you for any help!

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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 05:58:53 PM »
The signature looks to say M Harris, Mdina to my eyes, but I don't know if it is right for Michael Harris's signature, there are quite a few faked ones about.  I'm sure one of the more experienced Mdina collectors will be along shortly to have a look.
Thank you very much!

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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 06:13:51 PM »
That's not Michael's signature, he used a lower case script style. I wonder whether the signature was added post-purchase, looks very crude. The weight also looks more Isle of Wight or Mtarfa than Mdina

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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 06:51:31 PM »
Does'nt it say '86' at the bottom?? which would be an odd date for a faker to pick!..looks more like 'MSHA?? VINE 86' or something along those lines to me...

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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007, 06:55:53 PM »
 Mount St Helens ash " MSH ASH", design would be vine's and dated 86
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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2007, 07:25:07 PM »
Good call, Ray. I believe the artist is Roger Vines who now works in his own studio in OR., USA.

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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007, 07:29:44 PM »
Hi Beth

Just to confirm Christines comment - definitely NOT Michael Harris - he was a skilled engraver and his signature is very small, tidy and in script.  Also Michael was only involved with Mdina from 1968 until 1972.

I think that this weight is American and made from the ash of the Mount St. Helens volcano. I read the first line as MSH ASH
and the second lines as VINES  

There are several glass studios in the area trading on the fact that they use ash from the volcano in the glass mix including Glass Eye Studios (GES) and  Mount St. Helens Volcanic Ash Glass company  The GES weights are normally engraved around the lower edge of the dome. Having checked out the latter company they appear to be geared very much to the tourist souvenier trade so I suspect the weight is one of theirs. Looking at the weight it could represent grape vines so suspect VINES is the design name or else the maker.

Hope this helps

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2007, 08:24:42 PM »
Thank you all so much for your help.  :hiclp: 

Beth

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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2007, 08:38:02 PM »
Hello again.  There is an artist named Roger Vines who makes numerous pieces from Mt St Helens ash and he does work in the Pacific Northwest. 

Thank you again,
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Re: Signed Paperweight, where was it made? Thank you! :)
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2007, 08:58:22 PM »
The signature looks to say M Harris, Mdina to my eyes, but I don't know if it is right for Michael Harris's signature, there are quite a few faked ones about.  I'm sure one of the more experienced Mdina collectors will be along shortly to have a look.

Of course it helps if you don't include the mauve reflections in the signature.... LOL

Glad you got it pegged Beth.

Thank you very much!

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