Good point Karla and That's exactly why I need to get a look at this book.If I can quote a reference it will give people the bidding confidence that they absolutely deserve.It's simply not enough for me just to say "This is Barovier Blah,Blah,Blah...Take my word for it".I spent years studying in the field of Biological Sciences so it's in my nature to investigate,scrutinize and examine everything in great detail...I'm just not the kind of person to pass something off without valid proof.I also need to be sure of what I'm selling as eBay is a world that is so different from the one I used to live in;At Boot Sales or Fairs you can pick up an object and examine it;You can rely on your own
judgement or experience to decide whether it is worth the price tag.If I don't know who made it,you can be dam*ed sure that I will unequivocally let you know it....unlike some others.
A wee example...albeit a long winded story:
My Grandmother was the Personal Secretary of Messrs Graham & Morton in Stirling.Now G&M was,in the 60's & 70's in Stirling,your back of beyond Habitat.They sold Peacock chairs and Sanderson fabric in Paisley print,Viners cutlery,Lego and Whitefriars Glass..amongst other things.I remember,as a wee girl,the privilege of walking through the swish doors past huge tanks filled with darting golden fish and glass cabinets of millifiori paperweights in trays that revolved at the push of a green button...to the arms of my grandmother.My parents were only 16 when they discovered that I was on the way but Granny was a liberal woman and made sure that this new family were going to have the best start in life that was absolutely possible.On the 7th February 1970 they were married and a wedding gift of 2 funky,yet impractical,vases were purchased,with staff discount,for the soon-to-be parents.Ten years later my Beloved Mother turfed them out along with my Father...and her wedding ring.
So,what's the point of the story? My Mother filled with woe about this crazed,random act of insanity,felt like she wanted to replace said vases...I replied "You want to try replacing them now?!?!" So I tried. I searched eBay and came across a curious listing for an Art Glass Georgie-Porgie Geoffrey-from-Rainbow Baxter Drunken Brickies-Bum Vase...OK,it maybe was not as ridiculous as that
but you're getting my point.So,with this in mind,what chance has anyone got in trying to list
something that's the real deal.Absolutely no chance unless they can cite a documented piece.
So where am I now? I've searched everywhere;I've 'Googled' and I've 'Asked',scrupulously searching through every result and every vendor;I've contacted Barovier & Toso (awaiting reply) and tomorrow I'll start my search within the UK library system.If I must,I will add to my collection of books;My Father ended up relatively successful before he shook off his mortal coil at only 54 years and he left me at least enough money to buy the book should it be absolutely necessary.If anyone ever needs a 'Look-up'...Well,I'll be more than willing to help
All the best,