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« on: August 06, 2005, 02:39:32 PM »
So, we were taking digitals, and the chat about vaseline items made us decide to photograph this mystery item.

She appears to be Britannia maybe, or Victoria. She's pressed glass and measures 7" long and stands 7" high. She glows like crazy under UV light. There is no marking on the figure, nothing to indicate maker. Does anyone know the maker or any more detail?


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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2005, 03:08:36 PM »
Next to useless help here... but ..isnt there a painting or bronze or something of Queen Victoria in exactly the same position in situ.??

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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2005, 03:30:42 PM »
Ooooh, that sounds worth a google. Thanks, Gareth.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2005, 03:44:04 PM »
The hair doesn't look like Queen Victoria's, but the pose is reminiscent of the Britannia figure on the back of old UK coins, just without the shield & spear / trident  :shock:

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2005, 03:49:29 PM »
Perhaps she's Britoria  :shock:

She is a little like that Leni. The figure reminds me of both Victoria and Britannia. It's odd that there are blank circles on the side of the plinth - as if something was supposed to be in them. The piece has been a puzzle to us for some time. It's similar in many ways to the Derbyshire Lions and others. We have a vaseline lion (unmarked) that has a Union flag at the very front of the item. The Britoria figure is very much like that.

(And by a strange coincidence, Gareth, we bought this item off Phyllis some years ago - isn't that odd that she should crop up in this way twice today?)

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2005, 04:03:13 PM »
Hey, I googled and found this one!  :shock: http://tinypic.com/a2pvm9.jpg (copyright The Milk Glass Collectors Society)

Do you think they could be related?  :shock:  :lol:

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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2005, 04:17:41 PM »
Hey Leni - she sure could be a first cousin.  :lol: You google good!

I have a photo of the milk glass lady in Lattimore's book - it shows the blue milk glass lady in yellow vaseline. Says she is unmarked but he suggests Derbyshire. On her plinth I can see the word Victoria. Then there's a Britannia with the helmet and Union flag shield in green glass that is marked Derbyshire.

I can't help feeling that our Britoria (or is she Victannia?) is somehow unfinished.

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2005, 05:01:02 PM »
methinks the lady stands on the same plinth as the Derbyshire lion <roar> and if I remember correctly - was it not Landseer which inspired Nelson's column which inspired Derbyshire?  Brittania in the comfy chair may be a  glowing representation of some monument, perhaps?
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2005, 05:20:31 PM »
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Brittania in the comfy chair may be a  glowing representation of some monument, perhaps?
Ivo

"Not the 'Comfy Chair'!" :lol:

Actually, isn't there is a statue of Queen Vic, sort of in this pose, outside somewhere called the Queen Victoria Building somewhere in in Australia?  

"Or did I dream it?"   :lol:

Leni (in full 'Monty Python quotes' mode  :wink: )
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2005, 05:53:15 PM »
Is this the same piece which you are referring to as the Derbyshire Lion?




Leni's comments made me think to look in my Milk Glass Collector's book which is where I found the lion.  I agree that the base is very similar to Glen's lady.

This is some of what Chiarenza and Slater say about this piece

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Shown by Slack in translucent green glass (plate XXVII), it is unmarked and dated circa 1890.  Slack attributes this, and an almost identical but slightly different version to Henry Greener, and suggests it is probably unmarked because it dates "from the period after Henry Greener & Co. was acquired by James Jobbing" pg. 94


Edited to correct my typos in the quote.  It is hard to type while holding open the book with one hand  :lol:

 

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