Hi, just wanted to share pics and some info on this weight I found on eBay.
Bought it from Cambridge,UK.
It's a huge weight, 4"2/8 wide, 2"5 high, weighs approx 1.5 Kg. (I know, mixing imperial and metric :chky:)
Excellent condition, it hasn't been reground (top has some small un-evenness from shaping),
the base has age wear that appears authentic.
It has a broken off, indented, pontil with the canes drawn towards the centre leaving a porthole (as Hall so aptly puts it).
The glass is very clear, no tint, no seeds or bubbles (apart from bubbles around canes).
It's got a low dome, with the canes set close to the bottom.
The colors are typical Old English, subdued, main color is white with blue and red.
I sorta hoped it could be Bacchus when I bid on it, but couldn't really be sure, there aren't many online 'bacchi'
to compare with. About a week ago I got Robert Hall's Old English Paperweights, lo and behold,
on page 27 (with torsade) I found a Bacchus weight with three canes matching
While Hall has the p. 27 weight firmly as Bacchus (ie not in the unidentified section)
he has a little caveat in the text that he hadn't matched up the crosses to other B. crosses.
This caused some initial concern, he has however a weight in the unidentified section (page 161, Closepack)
which he states could be Bacchus, this weight has a cane match (the red/white cross inside white cog)
to both the p. 27 weight (altho different color defining cross), my weight. The p. 161 weight also
matches several other B. weights (the pink/white and blue/white 'starfish' type canes).
So I've landed on : quite possibly Bacchus, hold champagne until verified
Even if it's not it's a very, very nice weight.
Any input, thoughts, muchly appreciated.
Apologies for poor pics.