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Art Deco Pressed Glass Vase? ID: Sowerby, Hermes Vase

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Tigerchips:
I'm not sure who the figure is on this vase but he/she has what looks like pointed (or winged) ears and feet. It is also wearing a cape and has long hair or large wings.
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-148

I don't think it's Spock.  :lol:

As I was carring it around the car boot I noticed a lot of stall holders looking at it. Strange, perhaps they thought it was Spock.  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:

I think the glass frog is missing. Any information welcome. Thank you.

Glen:
Hermes was the Greek messenger god, he was called Mercury by the Romans. My understanding is that Sowerby's actually referred to the vase as Hermes.

 :shock:

Glen

Tigerchips:
Thanks for your help. I shall sleep well tonight :D  :D  :D

I guess I should take some history lessons.

Sowerby, kind of embarassing since I live in the North East of England.  :oops:

Just thought i'd ask while i'm here, Why do glass firms have marks on one thing and not on another?

Also, I have a "marked" George Davidson clear glass comport but I couldn't find any matching pattern on the Net.
http://tinypic.com/bi49he.jpg

Last sunday I bought four pieces of glass and nothing else. This site has me hooked.  :o

Bernard C:

--- Quote from: Tigerchips ---Just thought i'd ask while i'm here, Why do glass firms have marks on one thing and not on another?
--- End quote ---
TC — Welcome

The simple answer is that no-one really knows.   However there were many reasons for not marking British glass, including:[list=1][*]because it was an extra manufacturing process and so reduced profits,[*]because the big trade buyers did not like it, as they perceived it to enable the public to bypass their retail outlets when buying more,[*]because it would have been an open invitation to US glassworks to copy exported glass had it been readily identifiable as such (litigation between US glassworks was costly and unpredictable — the Atlantic made it impossible),[*]in the case of Walsh deceptive reproductions of old Georgian glass in the '20s & '30s, sold through a catalogue wholesaler directly into the antiques trade, marking the glass would have been rather counterproductive![/list:o]
I am sure others will add to this list.

As for your Hermes/Mercury bowl, see previous topic Green Deco Bowl Help? for full details.

Bernard C.  8)

Bernard C:
TC — As for your Hermes/Mercury bowl, see previous topic Green Deco Bowl Help? for full details.

Bernard C.  8)

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