Thank you to "guest" who posted this link in another threadhttp://www.glass.co.nz/rosebowls.htm
Although it is about rosebowls, I think it begins to answer some of my questions about the amberina toothpick. It must be one of the historical reproductions made in Murano. When I get home (I am traveling again), I will feel it to see if it is gritty.
Also in the link is a good example of a plated amberina piece.
Glen - In response to Fenton and amberina. As I said in another thread several months ago, Fenton only began making glass which they call amberina around 2002. They produced a satin amberina vase with hand painted poppies as part of their Connossieur collection. Then in 2003 they introduced the amberina line that you showed.
I did go back and look in my Fenton books which cover their early production (carnival, stretch, opalescent, etc.) and there is a color referred to as amberina in the book. But I see no evidence that Fenton made other patterns in amberina.
It would be interesting to find out if the carnvial glass pieces were truly made as amberina or are they ruby red pieces which show an incomplete color strike.
You have also confirmed what I was saying about old amberina (Libbey, NEG) being a gold formula and ruby glass being a selenium formula.
Also thank you for the additional info on Fenton Colonial Orange. I thought that was the case in the color production - it is almost an imcomplete color strike of ruby. In the 2nd Fenton Compencdium, there is a good section showing the color variations of Fenton Colonial Orange.
Sorry for combining several different threads but they were all kind of inter-related.